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What Should Macroeconomists Know About Health Care Policy [electronic resource] : A Primer / William C Hsiao.

By: Hsiao, William C.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: IMF Working Papers; Working Paper: No. 00/136Publisher: Washington, D.C. : International Monetary Fund, 2000Description: 1 online resource (69 p.).ISBN: 145185580X :.ISSN: 1018-5941.Subject(s): Government Expenditure | Health Economics | Health Expenditure | Health Insurance | Health Policy | Public Health | China, People's Republic of | Sri Lanka | United StatesAdditional physical formats: Print Version:: What Should Macroeconomists Know About Health Care Policy : A PrimerOnline resources: IMF e-Library | IMF Book Store Abstract: This primer aims to provide IMF macroeconomists with the essential information they need in situations where they must address issues concerning health sector policy and when they have significant macroeconomic implications. Such issues can also affect equity and growth and are fundamental to any strategy of poverty reduction. The primer highlights the appropriate roles for the state and market in health care financing and provision. It also suggests the situations in which macroeconomists should engage health sector specialists in policy formulation exercises. Finally, it illustrates the different health policy issues that confront countries at alternative stages of economic development and the range of appropriate policy options.
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This primer aims to provide IMF macroeconomists with the essential information they need in situations where they must address issues concerning health sector policy and when they have significant macroeconomic implications. Such issues can also affect equity and growth and are fundamental to any strategy of poverty reduction. The primer highlights the appropriate roles for the state and market in health care financing and provision. It also suggests the situations in which macroeconomists should engage health sector specialists in policy formulation exercises. Finally, it illustrates the different health policy issues that confront countries at alternative stages of economic development and the range of appropriate policy options.

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