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Journal: بهداشت و توسعه
Year:1394 | Volume:4 | Issue:4
Start Page:327 | End Page:336

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THE EFFECT OF GOVERNMENT HEALTH EXPENDITURES ON ECONOMIC GROWTH IN COUNTRIES OF D-8 ORGANIZATION FOR ECONOMIC COOPERATION

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 Start Page 327 | End Page 336

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 Background: Providing healthcare services is one of the essential needs of a community that its shortcoming is considered as a state weaknesses causing widespread social discontent. Accordingly, this study was done to determine the impact of HEALTH EXPENDITURES on ECONOMIC GROWTH in D8 Organization for Economic Cooperation members.Methods: In this causal-analysis study, related data and statistics were extracted from WDI2013. Economic assessment was done through Eviews 6 software and using panel data over the period from 1995 to 2012 for D8 COUNTRIES.Results: According to the results, one-percent increase in each of the variables of government health expenditure and gross capital formation increases ECONOMIC GROWTH by 0.03 and 0.09 percent respectively. Also one-percent increase in the fertility rate decreases ECONOMIC GROWTH by 0.04 percent.Conclusion: Given the significant positive impact of government health expenditure on ECONOMIC GROWTH, it is recommended that policy makers of D8 members consider this type of expenditure as an investment not a cost and by appropriate policies give priority to funding for the health sector and take a step toward achieving ECONOMIC GROWTH.

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