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Title:Health care provider choice
Authors:Grobler, ChristelleISNI
Stuart, Ian C.ISNI
Periodical:South African Journal of Economics
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:health care
economic behaviour
External link:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1813-6982.2007.00124.x/pdf
Abstract:In order to achieve an optimal health system, health policies should not only be focused on the supply of health care, but also take cognizance of the demand for health care. Studies of health care demand in South Africa are scarce due to considerable data limitations. The present analysis fills this gap by combining two data sets - the GHS (General Household Survey) 2004 and IES/LFS (Income and Expenditure and Labour Force Surveys) 2000 - in order to be able to utilize the wealth of information regarding health care utilization in the General Household Survey. The aim is to inform and encourage debate on how to incorporate demand side considerations in order to arrive at improved public health care in South Africa. The empirical results show that factors affecting the pattern of health care utilization include income, the number of working household members, age and race of individuals, whether individuals have medical insurance, their relation to the head of the household, education, and the nature of the illness or injury experienced. Also, patterns of health care utilization differ between provinces. App., bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]