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Does Development Assistance for Health Really Displace Government Health Spending? Reassessing the Evidence

  • Rajaie Batniji mail,

    Affiliation: Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States of America

  • Eran Bendavid
  • Published: May 08, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001214

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WHO and IMF do not estimate GHE-S

Posted by droodman on 11 May 2012 at 21:40 GMT

In 29 country-year observations, the ratio between WHO and IMF estimates is greater than 10 (Table 1).

Table 1 has values for GHE-S, Government Health Expenditure-government (not donors) as Source. Contrary to the implications of this sentence, WHO and IMF do not estimate GHE-S. They estimate GHE-A, Government Health Expenditure-government as Agent, which is GHE-S + health aid received. So GHE-S is computed as GHE-A minus health aid received. This matters because the ratio between what WHO and IMF actually estimate (GHE-A) can be much smaller than the resulting ratios in GHE-S dramatized here.

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