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Improving the Quality of Care in Developing Countries


  • John, Peabody
  • Tauiwalo, Mario
  • Robalino, David
  • Frenk, Julio


Although the quantity rather than quality of health services has been the focus historically in developing countries, ample evidence suggests that quality of care (or the lack of it) must be at the center of every discussion about better health. This paper discusses the cost effectiveness of various interventions to improve the quality of care in developing countries.

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  • John, Peabody & Tauiwalo, Mario & Robalino, David & Frenk, Julio, 2004. "Improving the Quality of Care in Developing Countries," MPRA Paper 12252, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:12252

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    health economics; quality of care; cost effectiveness;

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    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior


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