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The Cost of Treating Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases: Does it Matter?

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  • Conrad, Daren A.
  • Webb, Marquitta C.

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Heart disease and Type 2 diabetes mellitus are among the two leading causes of death in the CARICOM member states with HIV/AIDS a distant sixth. Attention is now being paid to non-communicable diseases which have outpaced communicable diseases as the major cause of death. This paper investigated the link between the public medical cost of treating chronic non-communicable diseases, namely heart disease and diabetes, on national output in Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. The results provide evidence that the public medical cost of treating chronic non-communicable diseases does have a statistically significant negative impact on national output.

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  • Conrad, Daren A. & Webb, Marquitta C., 2012. "The Cost of Treating Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases: Does it Matter?," MPRA Paper 42520, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 01 Oct 2012.
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    1. Bloom, David E. & Canning, David & Sevilla, Jaypee, 2004. "The Effect of Health on Economic Growth: A Production Function Approach," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 32(1), pages 1-13, January.
    2. Daron Acemoglu & Simon Johnson & James Robinson, 2003. "Disease and Development in Historical Perspective," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 1(2-3), pages 397-405, 04/05.
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    Keywords

    Non-Communicable Diseases; Caribbean Development; Economic Growth;

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    • H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health

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