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Measurement and explanation of inequality in health and health care in low-income settings

WIDER discussion paper; 2008/04. 1609-5774. 
Publisher Location:Helsinki. 
United Nations University, World Institute for Development Economics Research.
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"This paper describes approaches to the measurement and explanation of income-related inequality and inequity in health care financing, health care utilization and health and considers the applicability and the feasibility of these methods in low-income countries. Results from a comparative study of 14 Asian countries are used to illustrate the main issues. The structure of health finance in low-income countries, in particular the heavy reliance on out-of-pocket payments, means that the equity issues in finance are quite different from those of concern in high-income countries. Primary concern is not with the distribution of contributions to pre-payment mechanisms but with the deterrent effect of payments on utilization and the distribution of uninsured payment risks. Measurement of inequity in utilization of health care in low-income countries is constrained by the lack of reliable measures of health that can be used to standardize..." -- abstract
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Physical Description32 p.: ill.; 30 cm.