Don’t Get Sick in an LDC

This is a heads up from Tyler Cowen.

Three years of medical school in Tanzania results in only a 1 percentage point increase in the probability of a correct diagnosis. In Paraguay, the amount of time a doctor spends with a patient has nothing to do with the severity of the patient's illness.

This is from "The Quality of Medical Advice in Low-Income Countries," by Jishnu Das, Jeffrey Hammer, and Kenneth Leonard, in the Spring 2008 issue of the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

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  1. John Goodman says:

    Are people poor because they are sick? Or are they sick because they are poor?

    Hat tip to Jason Shafrin: Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo find that for rural households, the probability that the mother is alive is 36 percentage points higher if the family has a daily per capita expenditures (DPCE) of $6 to $10 versus a DCPE of $1 to $2. Using a panel data set specification, the authors also find that adults over 50 living on less than $2 a day are at least three times as likely to die over the next five to seven years than those living on $6 to $10 a day.