Are Remittances Good for Your Health? Remittances and Nepal's National Healthcare Policy

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Brian Chezum

Saint Lawrence University - Department of Economics

Cynthia Bansak

Saint Lawrence University - Department of Economics

Animesh Giri

Cornerstone Research

Date Written: April 2018

Abstract

We examine the relationship between remittances and healthcare usage in Nepal. Nepal provides an important case study due to the recent introduction of a nationalized healthcare policy with heterogeneity across its districts. We find that remittance income leads to increased expenditures on higher-priced medical care and a higher likelihood of visiting a doctor. The medical spending results are stronger in districts targeted for social healthcare programs. While government initiatives to increase health care appear to be directing those with health needs to receive medical care, public funding or accessibility may be insufficient to adequately treat all needs.

Keywords: remittances, medical spending, human development, nepal, universal health care

Suggested Citation

Chezum, Brian and Bansak, Cynthia and Giri, Animesh, Are Remittances Good for Your Health? Remittances and Nepal's National Healthcare Policy (April 2018). Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 44, Issue 4, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3236642 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41302-018-0106-9

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Animesh Giri

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