Analyzing the Effects of Health Expenditures on Human Development in Iran

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Razi University of Kermanshahy

2 Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Razi University of Kermanshah

3 M.A in Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Razi University of Kermanshah


Human development has been used as one of the most important indicators for measuring the development of countries in recent decades. Also human development quality improvement plays a significant role in economic development and one of the ways to increase human development, is health services promotion. In this paper, we investigate the effects of government’s health and treatment expenditures on human development quality for Iran provinces. For this purpose, we use human development index (HDI) as human development quality indicator and also we use panel data method for 2005- 2011 period. The results shows  that governments health and treatment expenditures, education expenditures, GDP and the rate of urbanization has positive and significant effects on  Human Development Index, While private health expenditures has negative and significant effects on Human Development Index.


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