The Relationship between Life Expectancy and Health Spending


This article shows the relationship between health spending per capita and life expectancy in the OECD. Most countries are grouped around a 45 degree line with life expectancy duly rising with spending. Health care expenditures and life expectancy have both been   rising in many countries, including in the Netherlands. However, it is unclear to what extent increased health care spending caused   the increase in life expectancy. Establishing a causal link between   health care expenditures and mortality is difficult for several   reasons.


Keywords: GDP, OECD, Relationship, health spending, life expectancy

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Pages: 45-53 (Download PDF)

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