Income Distribution and the Public-Private Mix in Health Care Provision: The Latin American Case

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Daniel Maceira

Center for the Study of State and Society (CEDES)

Date Written: December 1998

Abstract

Recent literature on Latin American countries shows that private expenses as a share of the total expenditures in health tend to be higher the lower the nation`s level of economic development. This paper considers a discrete choice model of product differentiation, where consumer choice is based on a price-quality tradeoff. Physicians are involved in a dual-job holding structure, working as agents in the official sector while they maximize profits in a fragmented private sector.

Suggested Citation

Maceira, Daniel, Income Distribution and the Public-Private Mix in Health Care Provision: The Latin American Case (December 1998). IDB Working Paper No. 323, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1817188 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1817188

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