Higher levels of social spending are strongly associated with better health outcomes, according to a new study from RAND Europe.
The research report, “Are better health outcomes related to social expenditure,” explored the connection between social spending and health across the member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) by assessing more than 30 years of data related to health outcomes and social expenditure.
Key findings from the study include:
In recent years, in particular in the aftermath of recent financial and economic problems, economic and political pressures have led to reductions in social spending. The study lends support to suggestions that national governments reconsider their social spending and its balance with health care spending.
To view the full report visit: http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1252.html
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