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Health care expenditure in Sweden - an international comparison

Gerdtham, Ulf G. LU and Jönsson, Bengt (1991) In Health Policy 19(2-3). p.211-228
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This paper analyses health care expenditure in Sweden and compares this with the corresponding expenditure In OECD countries. The definition and measurement problems of health care expenditure are discussed, new figures for the development of health care expenditure are presented and different measures of health care expenditure are provided. We found that health care expenditure has increased by about 20% in constant prices for Sweden between 1980 and 1988, but that health care expenditure as a share of the GDP has dropped during the same period in current prices. Health care expenditure disaggregated on different age groups show for Sweden that in the age group 15-64 years, health care expenditure has not increased in constant prices... (More)

This paper analyses health care expenditure in Sweden and compares this with the corresponding expenditure In OECD countries. The definition and measurement problems of health care expenditure are discussed, new figures for the development of health care expenditure are presented and different measures of health care expenditure are provided. We found that health care expenditure has increased by about 20% in constant prices for Sweden between 1980 and 1988, but that health care expenditure as a share of the GDP has dropped during the same period in current prices. Health care expenditure disaggregated on different age groups show for Sweden that in the age group 15-64 years, health care expenditure has not increased in constant prices between 1976 and 1985, but in the oldest age group, health care expenditure has increased considerable during this period. Health care expenditure in Sweden is as high as would be expected, taking into account the degree of economic development and the growth of expenditure during the 80s, and has followed that in comparable OECD countries. However, the relative price is lower, which means that the Input of real resources are greater than in other countries.

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Aggregate analysis, Health care expenditure, International comparison
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2-3
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0168-8510
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10.1016/0168-8510(91)90009-M
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  author       = {Gerdtham, Ulf G. and Jönsson, Bengt},
  issn         = {0168-8510},
  keyword      = {Aggregate analysis,Health care expenditure,International comparison},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {01},
  number       = {2-3},
  pages        = {211--228},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Health Policy},
  title        = {Health care expenditure in Sweden - an international comparison},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0168-8510(91)90009-M},
  volume       = {19},
  year         = {1991},
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