The Effect of National Healthcare Expenditure on Life Expectancy
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Our analysis seeks to examine whether or not there is a relationship between healthcare expenditure and national life expectancy in order to gain perspective on how to efficiently increase the quality of health in a state. In addition to healthcare expenditure, we also used percent government expenditure, concentration of doctors in an area, and literacy rate as independent variables. Our data shows that there is no significant correlation between healthcare spending and life expectancy in developing countries, but it does exist in developed countries. We speculate that in developing countries, it is not the quantity spent but the quality of expenditure that impacts healthcare. In developed countries, spending may be more efficient and thus more effective. However, our results alone are not evidence enough, and further research is recommended.