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|Title: ||The Demand for Curative Health Care in Jimma Town Choosing Between HealthCare Providers|
|Authors: ||Tesfaye, Arega|
|Advisors: ||Dr.Abdulhamid Bedri kello|
|Keywords: ||demand for curative health care|
mode of treatment
|Copyright: ||Jul-2003 |
|Date Added: ||4-May-2012 |
|Abstract: ||This paper tried to estimate the demand for curative health care in Jimma town. Based on
economic theory and past studies, NMNL (Nested Multinomial Logit) model is identified and
estimated using sequential estimation procedure. For the estimation of the model the study
used primary data which were collected from Jimma town through sample survey during the
month of February 2003. The estimated model shows that the level of healthiness, family
structure (number of children), consumption level, patient’s age and perceived quality of
treatment are important factors that determine the demand for curative health care.
Furthermore, the study indicates the price insensitiveness of the demand for curative health
care services. However, the price insensitiveness decreases as prices increases and as income
decreases implying that the poor are more price sensitive than the rich.
The policy implication of the result is that the modest differentiated increase in price of public
hospital results in substantial increase in revenue. The differentiated increase in price helps
the poor section of the society and children by decreasing the free riding by the rich.
Moreover, the study result implies that the introduction of higher user fees should also be
accompanied by increase in quality of hospital services in order to offset the negative effects
of higher price. Taking the two measures together, increasing user fees and increasing quality
of services, helps to achieve dual benefit in health care system by increasing revenue and
health service utilization simultaneously.|
|Appears in:||Thesis - Economics|
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