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Regional Health Care Decentralization in Unitary States: Equal Spending, Equal Satisfaction?

Joan Costa-Font () and Gilberto Turati ()
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Joan Costa-Font: Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK

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No 37, Working papers from Department of Economics and Statistics (Dipartimento di Scienze Economico-Sociali e Matematico-Statistiche), University of Torino

Abstract: Does regional decentralization threaten the commitment to regional equality in government outcomes? We attempt to shed light on this question by drawing on unique evidence from the largest European unitary states to have engaged in countrywide health system decentralization: Italy and Spain. We estimate, decompose, and run counterfactual analysis of regional inequality in government output (health expenditure per capita) and outcome (health system satisfaction) during expansion of health care decentralization in both countries. We find no evidence of increase in regional inequalities in outcomes and outputs in the examined period. Inequalities are accounted for by differences in health system design.

Keywords: Health Care Decentralization; Regional Inequality; Health Care; Oaxaca Decomposition (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H7 I18 I3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-geo, nep-ger and nep-hea
Date: 2016-06
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