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date: 25 February 2020

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This article focuses on the limited attention paid to the economic dimensions of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) health systems relative to those of high-income countries, and the restricted evidence base. The aim is to provide an economic analysis of LMIC health systems and policy implications, and to interpret the relevance to LMIC settings. It analyzes the economic dimensions of health systems in LMIC, including how they differ from those of high-income countries. It helps to identify distinctive characteristics of low- and middle-income countries that affect the policy recommendations that can be derived from the application of economic thinking to their health systems. Finally, it discusses the key areas of debate that remain unresolved.

Keywords: economic dimensions, low-income countries, middle-income countries, health systems, high-income countries, economic thinking

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