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Schieber, George, and Jean-Pierre Poullier. 1989. " Health Care Financing Review. Annual Supplement. , and others. 1992. " Health Care Financing Review 13 (Summer). Schultz, T. 1968. Agricultural and Economic Development. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. United States, Department of Health and Human Services. 1989. " Health Care Financing Review, 1989 Annual Supplement. Baltimore, Md. Vogel, Ronald. 1990. Health Insurance in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Survey and Analysis. World Bank Staff Working Paper 476.

56 for Uganda. 17 for Brazil as of 1974 (Musgrove 1983:24557). Although the studies cited do not represent a fully comprehensive review, they suggest that health care spending in developing countries in an aggregate sense is probably elastic with respect to income over the range of observations available. This similar finding in three regions of the world lends support to Newhouse's (1977) observation that health care is a luxury good. As Musgrove (1983:253) has pointed out, Total health care spending is a normal good, with an income elasticity declining toward one, but private health care is a luxury relative to publicly-provided free or subsidized care.

Similar declines were also reported in Africa (Vogel 1990), the Caribbean, and Latin America (Musgrove 1987, 1988). These empirical findings about the relationship between health spending and income can be of assistance in designing health insurance financing in developing countries. They suggest, for example, that market segmentation is warranted for the benefit packages going to the more and the less affluent members of society. Cross-subsidization between the more and less affluent is also possible.

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