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Health Card And Health Care Facilities Demand Among The Indonesian Elderly

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  • MALIKI

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    (National Planning and Development Agency (Bappenas), Jl. Taman Surapati 2, Jakarta 10310, Indonesia)

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    This paper evaluates the benefits of the health card subsidy, issued by the Indonesian government after the financial crisis in 1997, on elderly health care demand. The health card subsidy provides free access to health services, and was accepted at any available health center or puskesmas. Using the Indonesia Socioeconomic survey data (Susenas) for 2003, results show that health cards issued to the poor consistently increase the demand for health care facilities among the old population. Unfortunately, it is also found that the health card benefited wealthier individuals in their access to health centers or puskesmas.

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    Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal The Singapore Economic Review.

    Volume (Year): 53 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 01 ()
    Pages: 103-119

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    Handle: RePEc:wsi:serxxx:v:53:y:2008:i:01:p:103-119

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    Keywords: Health subsidy; health care demand; elderly poverty; Indonesia;

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