Catastrophic and impoverishing effects of health expenditure: new evidence from the Western Balkans.

  title={Catastrophic and impoverishing effects of health expenditure: new evidence from the Western Balkans.},
  author={Caryn Bredenkamp and Mariapia Mendola and Michele Gragnolati},
  journal={Health policy and planning},
  volume={26 4},
This paper investigates the effect of health-related expenditure on household welfare in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo, all of which have undertaken major health sector reform. Two methodologies are used: (i) the incidence and intensity of 'catastrophic' health care expenditure, and (ii) the effect of out-of-pocket payments on poverty headcount and poverty gap measures. Data are drawn from the most recent Living Standards and Measurement Surveys, 2000-05. While… CONTINUE READING


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