Does Economic Growth Influence Health Expenditures? Empirical Evidence from a Panel of Selected Developing Countries

In this paper we examine the role of real per capita gross domestic product (GDP) in determining per capita health care expenditure. We take a panel co integration approach in order to explore the possibility of estimating impacts of economic growth. Our empirical analysis is based on 13 developing countries_ Algerie, Bahrein, Egypte, Jordan, Lebanon, Marok, Oman, Qatar, Saoudite, Syria, Tunisia, Emirates, and Yemen for the period 1995–2011. We find that per capita GDP exert a statistically significant positive effect on per capita health care expenditure