ISSN: 2149-2247 | E-ISSN: 2149-2549
The Impact of Healthcare Spending on Health Outcomes: New Evidence from OECD Countries [Erciyes Med J]
Erciyes Med J. 2020; 42(2): 218-222 | DOI: 10.14744/etd.2020.80393

The Impact of Healthcare Spending on Health Outcomes: New Evidence from OECD Countries

Sevilay Karaman, Duygu Ürek, İpek Bilgin Demir, Özgür Uğurluoğlu, Oğuz Işık
Department of Health Care Management, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Objective: This study aimed to reveal the impact of the selected healthcare spending indicators on the selected health outcomes for OECD countries.
Methods: In the study, the data for OECD countries were analyzed by a stepwise multiple regression analysis. Healthcare spending as a share of GDP, public and private healthcare spending per capita and pharmaceutical spending per capita were used as independent variables; infant and maternal mortality, male and female life expectancy at birth and at 80 years and self-reported health were used as dependent variables.
Results: According to the results, it was found out that public healthcare spending per capita has a significant impact on maternal and infant mortality, male and female life expectancy at birth and at 80 years. Also, private healthcare spending per capita was found as an important determinant of self-reported health.
Conclusion: Based on the results, it can be suggested that it is necessary to increase the public support for mother-child health services to reduce maternal and infant mortality; and for services for improvement and promotion of health to increase life expectancy at birth and 80 years. It is considered that improvements in the minimum income levels of individuals and increasing government promotion within the scope of the complementary health insurance offered by the private sector will have a positive impact on the individuals’ perception of health status.

Keywords: Healthcare spending, health outcome, OECD countries

Sevilay Karaman, Duygu Ürek, İpek Bilgin Demir, Özgür Uğurluoğlu, Oğuz Işık. The Impact of Healthcare Spending on Health Outcomes: New Evidence from OECD Countries. Erciyes Med J. 2020; 42(2): 218-222

Corresponding Author: Duygu Ürek, Türkiye
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