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Swimming Against the Tide: Strategies for Improving Equity in Health

Nancy Birdsall () and Robert Hecht

No 4006, Research Department Publications from Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department

Abstract: The evidence shows that government spending for health in many developing countries benefits the well-to-do more than the poor. However, a combination of favorable political forces and sound public policies can shift the focus of government expenditures toward the poor. Doing this is an essential part of any effective poverty reduction program in developing countries.

Date: 1995-05
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