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Does the Higher Level of Health System Spending Speed Up the COVID-19 Detection Rate?: Evidence from South-East Asia Region

Behera, Deepak (2020): Does the Higher Level of Health System Spending Speed Up the COVID-19 Detection Rate?: Evidence from South-East Asia Region.

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Abstract

This study examines the relationship between the spreads of COVID-19 and health system spending in the South-East Asia Region (SEAR). We have taken two potential indicators of health system financing – per capita government health expenditure and government health expenditure as a percentage of general government expenditure. Further, we have taken two indicators for COVID19 – total confirmed cases and total fatality rate (death rate). We found that the stronger health system financing countries reduce the spreads of COVID-19 sooner than the lower spending country. The suggestion could be increased funding on health infrastructure as well as human resources lead to enhance the detection and testing capacity of any health system irrespective of any infectious disease.

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