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Public and Private Roles in Health

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  • Musgrove, P.

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The appropriate role of the state in health is complex both in economic theory and in practice. Theory identifies three reasons for state action: public goods or services with large externalities (involving efficiency); poverty (involving equity); and failings peculiar to insurance markets for health care (where both inefficiency and inequity arise). The insurance domain presents the most costly and difficult problems, and explains why -- in contrast to other sectors -- government tend to finance an increasing share of health care as incomes rise.

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  • Musgrove, P., 1996. "Public and Private Roles in Health," World Bank - Discussion Papers 339, World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:wobadi:339
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    1. Farasat A. S. Bokhari & Yunwei Gai & Pablo Gottret, 2007. "Government health expenditures and health outcomes," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 16(3), pages 257-273.
    2. Patrick GUILLAUMONT, 2009. "Aid effectiveness for poverty reduction: macroeconomic overview and emerging issues," Working Papers P05, FERDI.
    3. Pan, Jay & Qin, Xuezheng & Li, Qian & Messina, Joseph P. & Delamater, Paul L., 2015. "Does hospital competition improve health care delivery in China?," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 33(C), pages 179-199.
    4. ATAKE, Esso - Hanam, 2014. "Financement Public des dépenses de santé et survie infantile au Togo
      [Public funding of health expenditure and infant survival in Togo]
      ," MPRA Paper 59516, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 23 Oct 2014.
    5. repec:eee:joecag:v:5:y:2015:i:c:p:7-13 is not listed on IDEAS
    6. AfDB AfDB, 2007. "Working Paper 91 - Health Expenditures and Health Outcomes in Africa," Working Paper Series 2304, African Development Bank.
    7. Londono, Juan-Luis & Frenk, Julio, 1997. "Structured pluralism: towards an innovative model for health system reform in Latin America," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 41(1), pages 1-36, July.
    8. Carl Grekou & Romain Perez, 2014. "Child Mortality in sub-Saharan Africa: Why Public Health Spending Matters," EconomiX Working Papers 2014-28, University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX.
    9. Larrañaga, Osvaldo, 1997. "Eficiencia y equidad en el sistema de salud chileno," Financiamiento para el Desarrollo 49, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL).
    10. Thanasis Stengos & Brennan S. Thompson & Ximing Wu, 2009. "The Evolution of the Conditional Joint Distribution of Life Expectancy and Per Capita Income Growth," Working Papers 0901, University of Guelph, Department of Economics and Finance.
    11. AfDB AfDB, 2007. "Working Paper 91 - Health Expenditures and Health Outcomes in Africa," Working Paper Series 2224, African Development Bank.
    12. repec:spr:qualqt:v:51:y:2017:i:6:d:10.1007_s11135-016-0404-4 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    HEALTH; PUBLIC GOODS; GOVERNMENT;

    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • I19 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Other

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