The June issue of Health Affairs, a variety issue, includes articles examining how health care markets function, both in the United States and elsewhere.
One of the studies in the issue is by Zachary Wagner of the University of California, Berkeley, and coauthors, titled "PEPFAR Funding Associated With An Increase In Employment Among Males In Ten Sub-Saharan African Countries." It examines the economic impact of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief--or PEPFAR--in sub-Saharan Africa. PEPFAR has provided over 6.7 million people infected with HIV access to antiretroviral therapy, yielding significant health improvements. The authors looked at PEPFAR's less-studied economic impact, and identified a 13 percent increase in male employment in countries the program assisted, although they found no change in female employment. According to the authors, the rise in employment generates economic benefits equal to half of PEPFAR's cost. They recommend considering these findings when making future aid allocation decisions.
Also of interest in the issue:
A Public-Private Partnership Improves Clinical Performance In A Hospital Network In Lesotho;
Nathalie McIntosh of the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System and coauthors
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