PUBLIC HEALTH FINANCING AND INFANT MORTALITY: DOES GOVERNANCE QUALITY MATTER?

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    • Abstract:
      Public finance of health care is known to be one of the central factors for improving population health status. Since healthcare works through public institutions, the effect of public health financing on its outcome relies on the level of governance quality. The current paper examines the impact of public health financing on a health outcome (infant mortality) taking governance quality into consideration. The study uses panel data analysis for 171 countries categorized into three income levels: low-income, middle-income and high-income countries, for the period 1995-2012. In addition, some techniques that can help to reduce the bias associated with the potential endogeneity problem, such as GMM estimators, are adopted to obtain less biased results. The findings reveal the importance of public health financing in improving the population's health. In particular, public health financing is negatively associated with the infant mortality rate in all income groups. Moreover, socioeconomic factors, such as income and education, appear to be equally important in reducing the infant mortality rate. Most importantly, the quality of governance was found to be relevant in determining the effect of public health financing on the population's health. Our study provides partial evidence to show that public finance of healthcare is more efficient in improving the population's health in countries where governance quality is relatively high compared to countries with low quality of governance. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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      1523-9721
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      130768002
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      SIRAG, A. et al. Public Health Financing and Infant Mortality: Does Governance Quality Matter? Public Finance & Management, [s. l.], v. 17, n. 4, p. 341–368, 2017. Disponível em: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=heh&AN=130768002&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912. Acesso em: 11 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Sirag A, Nor NM, Raja Abdullah NM, Ghani JA. Public Health Financing and Infant Mortality: Does Governance Quality Matter? Public Finance & Management. 2017;17(4):341-368. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=heh&AN=130768002&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912. Accessed December 11, 2019.
    • APA:
      Sirag, A., Nor, N. M., Raja Abdullah, N. M., & Ghani, J. A. (2017). Public Health Financing and Infant Mortality: Does Governance Quality Matter? Public Finance & Management, 17(4), 341–368. Retrieved from http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=heh&AN=130768002&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Sirag, Abdalla, Norashidah Mohamed Nor, Nik Mustapha Raja Abdullah, and Judhiana Abd Ghani. 2017. “Public Health Financing and Infant Mortality: Does Governance Quality Matter?” Public Finance & Management 17 (4): 341–68. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=heh&AN=130768002&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912.
    • Harvard:
      Sirag, A. et al. (2017) ‘Public Health Financing and Infant Mortality: Does Governance Quality Matter?’, Public Finance & Management, 17(4), pp. 341–368. Available at: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=heh&AN=130768002&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912 (Accessed: 11 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Sirag, A, Nor, NM, Raja Abdullah, NM & Ghani, JA 2017, ‘Public Health Financing and Infant Mortality: Does Governance Quality Matter?’, Public Finance & Management, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 341–368, viewed 11 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Sirag, Abdalla, et al. “Public Health Financing and Infant Mortality: Does Governance Quality Matter?” Public Finance & Management, vol. 17, no. 4, Dec. 2017, pp. 341–368. EBSCOhost, widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=heh&AN=130768002&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Sirag, Abdalla, Norashidah Mohamed Nor, Nik Mustapha Raja Abdullah, and Judhiana Abd Ghani. “Public Health Financing and Infant Mortality: Does Governance Quality Matter?” Public Finance & Management 17, no. 4 (December 2017): 341–68. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=heh&AN=130768002&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Sirag A, Nor NM, Raja Abdullah NM, Ghani JA. Public Health Financing and Infant Mortality: Does Governance Quality Matter? Public Finance & Management [Internet]. 2017 Dec [cited 2019 Dec 11];17(4):341–68. Available from: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=heh&AN=130768002&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912