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Title:The impact of public services on health care and morbidity: evidence from Kenya
Author:Appleton, SimonISNI
Year:1995
Issue:95-2
Pages:19
Language:English
Series:Working paper series
City of publisher:Oxford
Publisher:Centre for the Study of African Economies
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:morbidity
water supply
educational policy
public health
Abstract:This paper uses household survey data from rural Kenya to address three main questions: what determines who falls ill? what determines who seeks treatment when ill? and what determines the duration of illness amongst those that fall ill? Of particular interest are those determinants which are amenable to policy, notably three government services - health care, education and water supply. It appears that both maternal primary education and distance to health facilities affect take-up of child health care, but the former is more powerful. Parental education, distance to health facilities and piped water all increase reporting of illness symptoms. The first two results are interpreted as reporting biases but the effect of piped water remains disturbing. The impact of health care on the duration of illness is estimated controlling for endogeneity and found to be favourable but insignificant.
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