Measuring Country Performance on Health

Selected Indicators for 115 Countries

Published In: Human Development Network: Health, Nutrition and Population Series (Washington, DC : The World Bank, Health, Nutrition and Population, May 1999), Vol. 1, 359 p

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1998

by Jia Wang, Dean T. Jamison, Eduard Bos, Alexander S. Preker, John Peabody

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Health outcomes constitute one natural starting point for assessment of the consequences of policies affecting health systems. Yet country characteristics-particularly income and education levels-also influence health outcomes, and in judging countries' performance on health, analysts often speak of relative performance. To assist in judging country performance, the authors present time- and country-specific outcome indicators that control either for both income and education levels or for income levels alone. This report contains results for 115 countries at five-year intervals in the period 1960-90 on six health indicators-under-five mortality rates, total fertility rates, adult mortality rates for males and females, and life expectancy at birth for males and females.

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