Journal article

Health care, overconsumption and uneconomic growth: A conceptual framework.

Martin Hensher, Ben Canny, Craig Zimitat, Julie Campbell, Andrew Palmer

Social Science & Medicine | Published : 2020


Concerns have grown in recent decades that economic growth in many rich countries may, in fact, be uneconomic. Uneconomic growth occurs when expansion in economic activity causes environmental and social costs that are greater than the benefits of that additional activity. Health care has enjoyed a close historical relationship with economic growth, with health care spending consistently growing faster than GDP over the long term. This paper explores the possible relationship between health care and uneconomic growth. It summarises the rapidly growing evidence on the harms caused by poor quality health care and by the overuse of health care, and on the environmental harms caused by health ca..

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