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Eliciting health care priorities in developing countries: experimental evidence from Guatemala

Costa-Font, Joan ORCID: 0000-0001-7174-7919, Rovira Forns, Joan and Sato, Azusa (2016) Eliciting health care priorities in developing countries: experimental evidence from Guatemala. Health Policy and Planning, 31 (1). pp. 67-74. ISSN 0268-1080

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Identification Number: 10.1093/heapol/czv022


While some methods for eliciting preferences to assist participatory priority setting in health care in developed countries are available, the same is not true for poor communities in developing countries whose preferences are neglected in health policy making. Existing methods grounded on self-interested monetary valuations may be inappropriate for developing country settings where community care is provided through ‘social allocation’ mechanisms. This paper proposes and examines an alternative methodology for eliciting preferences for health care programs specifically catered for rural and less literate populations but which is still applicable in urban communities. Specifically, the method simulates a realistic collective budget allocation experiment, to be implemented in both rural and urban communities in Guatemala. We report evidence revealing that participatory budget-like experiments are incentive compatible mechanisms suitable for revealing collective preferences, while simultaneously having the advantage of involving communities in health care reform processes.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Divisions: Social Policy
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2015 15:26
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:11

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