Structural Adjustment and Health in Pakistan (W-26)

Structural Adjustment and Health in Pakistan (W-26)

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  • Thursday | 01 Jan, 1998
  • Shahrukh Rafi Khan, Sajid Kazmi
  • Working Papers
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Shahrukh Rafi Khan and Sajid Kazmi, SDPI 1998 Abstract Government health expenditures as a percentage of GDP have declined in Pakistan, though not in absolute real terms, over the structural adjustment period. Progress over this period is evident on a number of health indicators. However, Pakistan still lags far behind the means of low income countries and South Asian countries in all child survival statistics. In view of this, and since the evidence shows a significant and sizeable association of public sector health expenditures and the decline in infant mortality rates, there is little justification in halving public sector health expenditures as recommended by the World Bank.