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Is Health a Necessity in Sub-Saharan Africa? An Investigation of Income-Elasticity of Health Expenditures In Rural Senegal

Lepine, A; (2015) Is Health a Necessity in Sub-Saharan Africa? An Investigation of Income-Elasticity of Health Expenditures In Rural Senegal. Journal of International Development , 27 (7) pp. 1153-1177. 10.1002/jid.3036. Green open access

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Abstract

Investigating income‐elasticity of health expenditures can provide insights into the extent of public involvement in the health sector and the need for co‐financing schemes. Although this is particularly relevant in vulnerable countries, evidence from sub‐Saharan Africa is lacking. The paper explores the relationship between permanent and current income and health expenditures. First, at the patient level, income‐elasticity of health expenditures during the last medical contact with a qualified health provider is investigated. Second, household‐level estimation of income‐elasticity of household health expenditures is conducted to account for the healthcare use rate. The results suggest that health is a necessity good, which has methodological and policy implications.

Type: Article
Title: Is Health a Necessity in Sub-Saharan Africa? An Investigation of Income-Elasticity of Health Expenditures In Rural Senegal
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/jid.3036
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/jid.3036
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Development Studies, health expenditure, income-elasticity, selection model, Africa, CARE E
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10090985
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