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Health Econ. 2014 Jun;23(6):706-18. doi: 10.1002/hec.2944. Epub 2013 Jun 13.

Are health shocks different? Evidence from a multishock survey in Laos.

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Development Research Group, The World Bank, Washington, D.C., USA.

Abstract

Using primary data from Laos, we compare a broad range of different types of shocks in terms of their incidence, distribution between the poor and the better off, idiosyncrasy, costs, coping responses, and self-reported impacts on well-being. Health shocks are more common than most other shocks, more concentrated among the poor, more idiosyncratic, more costly, trigger more coping strategies, and highly likely to lead to a cut in consumption. Household members experiencing a health shock lost, on average, 0.6 point on a five-point health scale; the wealthier are better able to limit the health impacts of a health shock.

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Laos; health; self-reported well-being; shocks

PMID:
23765700
DOI:
10.1002/hec.2944
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