Health is a development issue. Health is central to development. For individuals, poor health undermines education and income opportunities. Ill health means loss of income and higher costs, further impoverishing poor people and increasing inequity. Indeed, after illiteracy and unemployment, health costs are the most important precursor to poverty. Health is a critical development issue at the national level too. Thirty to fifty per cent of Asia's economic growth between 1965 and 1990 can be attributed to favourable demographic and health changes. USAID estimates that maternal and newborn morality accounts for $15 billion in lost potential production globally every year. Not surprisingly, three of the seven MDGs explicitly target health , and those three interact with MDG 1 (poverty reduction). The high level of Out Of Pocket Expenditure (OOPE) adversely affects poverty, inequity and access. Several studies have found that health shocks and especially the high level of OOPE, increases poverty.
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