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Remittances and healthcare expenditure patterns of populations in origin communities : evidence from Mexico

Listed author(s):
  • Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

    (Instituto para la Integración de América Latina y el Caribe, INTAL)

  • Tania Sainz

    (Instituto para la Integración de América Latina y el Caribe, INTAL)

  • Susan Pozo

    (Instituto para la Integración de América Latina y el Caribe, INTAL)

El caudal de remesas de dinero enviadas a México por los trabajadores representa una de las fuentes de ingreso de divisas más importantes después de las ventas de petróleo. Este trabajo intenta analizar y medir la influencia de estas remesas sobre el sistema de salud. Incrementan las remesas el uso del sistema de salud de manera significativa ó en un pequeño porcentaje? Depende la respuesta de medición del uso de los sistemas de salud -respecto de las remesas- del tipo de seguro de salud que se busca, ya sea para financiar gastos rutinarios u hospitalización? Este estudio puede ayudar a los hacedores de políticas mexicanos en el análisis del rol de los ingresos repatriados por los inmigrantes Mexicanos residiendo en Estados Unidos, y de la influencia que éstos ejercen en los gastos de salud que afectan las finanzas de los familiares que se han quedado en Mexico = Workers' remittances to Mexico represent one of Mexico's most important sources of foreign income, only second to petroleum sales. This paper attempts to measure the elasticity or responsiveness of healthcare use to remittances. Do remittances increase healthcare use by a large or a small percent? Is the responsiveness of healthcare use to remittances dependent on the type of healthcare being sought-whether it is for financing routine healthcare purchases, or hospitalization? This study may help inform Mexican policy-makers on the role of the repatriated incomes from Mexican migrants in the US in affecting healthcare expenses of family members left back home = As remessas de dinheiro enviadas ao México representam uma das fontes mais importantes de renda depois das exportaçoes de petróleo. Este trabalho trata de analisar e medir a influencia destas remessas sobre o sistema de saúde. Por exemplo, as remessas incrementam o uso do sistema de saúde de maneira significativa ou em menor escala? A resposta da mediçao do uso dos sistemas de saúde depende do tipo de seguro medico, seja para financiar gastos de rotina ou de hospitalizaçao? Este estudo poderia apoiar as autoridades mexicanas na analise do papel das remessas enviadas pelos imigrantes mexicanos nos EUA, e a influencia que estas remessas exercem nos gastos de saúde, principalmente o impacto nas finanças dos familiares que estao no México

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, INTAL in its series INTAL Working Papers with number 1450.

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Length: 27 p.
Date of creation: Feb 2007
Handle: RePEc:idb:intalp:1450
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