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The Private Health Care Sector and the Provision of Prenatal Care Services in Latin America

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  • Arrieta, Alejandro
  • García-Prado, Ariadna
  • Guillén, Jorge

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Summary In the last two decades, private providers have become an important source of health care in Latin America, and yet, there is little documentation concerning its effectiveness in providing basic public and preventive health services. We use Demographic and Health Surveys from six Latin American countries to compare the effectiveness of the private versus public sector in providing basic health interventions such as prenatal care. We find that the number of prenatal visits is higher in the private sector, but this is not associated with higher birth weight. We discuss different strategies to improve the role of private providers.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 39 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 (April)
Pages: 579-587

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Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:39:y:2011:i:4:p:579-587

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Keywords: private health care providers prenatal care health care quality Latin America;

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  1. Mpakati Gama, Elvis & McPake, Barbara & Newlands, David, 2013. "The implication of contracting out health care services: The case of service level agreements in Malawi," MPRA Paper 52980, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Alejandro Arrieta & Ariadna García-Prado, 2012. "Non-elective cesarean sections in public hospitals: hospital capacity constraints and doctor´s incentives," Documentos de Trabajo - Lan Gaiak Departamento de Economía - Universidad Pública de Navarra 1212, Departamento de Economía - Universidad Pública de Navarra.

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