by: Adam Wagstaff, Owen O'Donnell, Eddy van Doorslaer, Magnus Lindelow
Have gaps in health outcomes between the poor and better off grown?
Are they larger in one country than another? Are health sector
subsidies more equally distributed in some countries than others? Are
health care payments more progressive in one health care financing
system than another? What are catastrophic payments and how can they be
measured? How far do health care payments impoverish households?
Answering questions such as these requires quantitative analysis.
This in turn depends on a clear understanding of how to measure key
variables in the analysis, such as health outcomes, health
expenditures, need, and living standards. It also requires set
quantitative methods for measuring inequality and inequity,
progressivity, catastrophic expenditures, poverty impact, and so
This book provides an overview of the key issues that arise in the
measurement of health variables and living standards, outlines and
explains essential tools and methods for distributional analysis, and,
using worked examples, shows how these tools and methods can be applied
in the health sector. The book seeks to provide the reader with both a
solid grasp of the principles underpinning distributional analysis,
while at the same time offering hands-on guidance on how to move from
principles to practice.
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