A theory of health and health policy

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This paper builds a model of health production that relates functional health and the health stock in a dynamic way. This distinction of the concept of health has been made in the health literature but in different contexts but has so far not been related properly. The paper uses the concept of household production and household utility maximization, and household behavior is seen to interact with providers of health care services, given a budget constraint, a time constraint, and various technological constraints including household consumption technology. Implications for public policy are drawn from the model.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherCentre for Public Policy Studies
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1998

Publication series

NameCentre for Public Policy Studies Working Paper Series
PublisherLingnan College

Bibliographical note

Paper presented at the Western Economic Association Annual Meeting at Lake Tahoe in July 1998.

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