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Patient access to health care and medicines across low-income countries

Srivastava, Divya and McGuire, Alistair (2015) Patient access to health care and medicines across low-income countries. Social Science & Medicine, 133. pp. 21-27. ISSN 0277-9536

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.03.021


This study explores the issue of demand for health care and medicines in low-income country settings. Using the World Health Survey, multivariate analysis of cross-sectional household data from 35 low-income countries found that when ill, patient demand for health care to visit a clinic or hospital is inelastic ranging from −0.19 to 0.11. The main determinants of health seeking behaviour include having insurance, having a chronic condition, high household expenditure, and marital status. Women, the educated and those living in urban settings are more likely to seek care in a clinic. These findings suggest low-income patients will experience access problems, raising important policy implications to improve access to health care and medicines in these settings.

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Additional Information: © 2015 Elsevier Ltd
Divisions: Social Policy
LSE Health
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2015 10:32
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 15:15

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