Decentralisation and health care outcomes: An empirical analysis within the European Union
The aim of this paper is to explore the impact of decentralisation on health care outcomes in the European Union. We investigate the hypothesis that shifts towards greater decentralisation would be accompanied by improvements in population health by using infant mortality and life expectancy as dependent variables. The results of the empirical analysis suggest that income, decentralisation, health care resources and lifestyles in European Union did have an influence on infant mortality and life expectancy. This paper adds a new empirical perspective to the evaluation of the economic gains arising from greater decentralisation in health care.
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