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Childhood preventive care, adult healthcare and economic growth: The role of healthcare financing

Abstract : We analyze the impact of healthcare financing on economic growth, focusing on the issue of the joint public-private financing of healthcare (co-payment). We use an overlapping-generations model with endogenous growth based on health human capital accumulation, where families pay for childhood preventive care and the government can either fully finance or co-finance adulthood curative care. From a growth maximizing perspective, distortionary taxes give an advantage to co-financing. Nevertheless, we prove that, if agents are assumed to be heterogeneous in preferences, full financing can become the best option.
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Maame Esi Woode, Carine Nourry, Bruno Ventelou. Childhood preventive care, adult healthcare and economic growth: The role of healthcare financing. Economics Letters, Elsevier, 2014, 124 (1), pp.41--47. ⟨hal-01463103⟩

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