Determinants of Avoidable Deaths from Ischaemic Heart Diseases in East and West Germany

18 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2009

Date Written: July 1, 2009

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to identify selected forces of the decrease in the number of avoidable deaths from ischaemic heart diseases (IHD) in West and East Germany from 1996 to 2004. Our main result reveals that the number of intracardiac catheter facilities,which are an important diagnostic tool for IHD, do significantly account for decreases in avoidable mortality from IHD.This is important, as the modernization of the East German health sector included a considerable catch-up process in the number of IC facilities provided relative to West Germany.

Keywords: Avoidable deaths, ischaemic heart disease, intracardiac catheters, Germany

JEL Classification: I12, I19

Suggested Citation

Schwierz, Christoph and Wübker, Ansgar, Determinants of Avoidable Deaths from Ischaemic Heart Diseases in East and West Germany (July 1, 2009). Ruhr Economic Paper No. 119, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1491545 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1491545

Christoph Schwierz

European Commission -DG ECFIN ( email )

BU-1 05/190
Brussels, Bruxelles B-1049
Belgium

Ansgar Wübker (Contact Author)

RWI ( email )

Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
Essen, 45128
Germany

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