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Willingness to pay and determinants of choice for improved malaria treatment in rural Nepal

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  • Morey, Edward R.
  • Sharma, Vijaya R.
  • Mills, Anne

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A logit model is used to estimate provider choice from six types by malaria patients in rural Nepal. Patient characteristics that influence choice include travel costs, income category, household size, gender, and severity of malaria. Income effects are introduced by assuming the marginal utility of money is a step function of expenditures on the numeraire. This method of incorporating income effects is ideally suited for situations when exact income data is not available. Significant provider characteristics include wait time for treatment and wait time for laboratory results. Household willingness to pay (wtp) is estimated for increasing the number of providers and for providing more sites with blood testing capabilities. Wtp estimates vary significantly across households and allow one to assess how much different households would benefit or lose under different government proposals.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Social Science & Medicine.

Volume (Year): 57 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 155-165

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Keywords: Malaria treatment Willingness to pay Step-income effects Provider choice Nepal;

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Cited by:
  1. J.M.C. Santos Silva, 2004. "Deriving welfare measures in discrete choice experiments: a comment to Lancsar and Savage (2)," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 13(9), pages 913-918.
  2. Philip H. Brown & Caroline Theoharides, 2009. "Health‐seeking behavior and hospital choice in China's New Cooperative Medical System," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 18(S2), pages S47-S64, July.

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