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Diffusion of Medical Technology and Equity in Health in Brazil: an Exploratory Analysis

  • Sebasti�o Loureiro
  • Bruno Sim�es
  • Erika Arag�o
  • Fabio Mota
  • Hamilton Moura
  • Luciano Damasceno

This paper provides an exploratory empirical analysis of the relationship between the increasing diffusion of innovative medical technology and inequities in access to medical care, for the case of Brazil. The paper examines the spread at state level of three types of equipment emblematic of medical innovation: magnetic resonance, tomography and dialysis machines. The data analysis indicates that the diffusion of new medical technology is positively associated with average state incomes, and that inequalities of access had widened over time. The results suggest that to decrease inequities in access to innovative medical technology requires higher public investment and priority allocation to deficit areas. Cet article propose une analyse empirique de la relation entre diffusion d'une technologie m�dicale de pointe au Br�sil et les in�quit�s en mati�re d'acc�s aux soins de sant�. L'article examine la diffusion de trois types d'�quipement au niveau des Etats: les IRM, le scanner et les machines de dialyse. L'examen des donn�es montre que la diffusion de la nouvelle technologie m�dicale est associ�e positivement avec les revenus publics, et que les in�galit�s d'acc�s ont augment� avec le temps. Les r�sultats sugg�rent que pour faire baisser les in�quit�s dans ce domaine, il faut des investissements prioritaires dans les r�gions d�ficitaires.

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Article provided by Taylor and Francis Journals in its journal The European Journal of Development Research.

Volume (Year): 19 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 66-80

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