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Wednesday, January 10
Wed, Jan 10, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Crystal Ballroom CD & Prefunction
Welcome Reception & Poster Session I

Transnational Health Economic Policy Development: Study of East Asia Pacific countries (304222)

Dr. Ivo Abraham, Center for Health Outcomes & PharmacoEconomic Research 
*Preshit Nemdas Ambade, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona 
Chinmayee Katragadda, Center for Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomic Research, University of Arizona 
Diana Sun, Genentech 

Keywords: East Asia Pacific countries, cluster analysis, transnational healthcare policies

Objective-To differentiate East Asia Pacific countries into clusters based on demographic and important healthcare indicators. Methods- World Bank HNP database for 24 East Asia Pacific (EAP) countries used for cross-sectional study (time-period 1995-2014). Hierarchical cluster analysis technique used to determine and establish appropriate clusters based on average annual growth rates (AAGRs) calculated for selected indicators. One-way ANOVA test conducted to identify significant contributors in categorization of countries. Results-Cluster 1 comprised eleven high, upper-middle, and lower-middle countries. Cluster 2 and 3 included six countries each containing high, upper-middle, lower-middle and low income countries. Cluster 4 included only one country Cambodia. Health expenditure per capita, public health expenditure, out-of-pocket health expenditure, and infant mortality rate were significant contributors in predicting group membership (p-values<0.05). Conclusion-East Asia Pacific countries can be grouped based on (dis)similarities in demographic and health care indicators for developing mutually beneficial transnational healthcare policies transcending national boundaries.