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  • Christelle Swanepoel

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    (Department of Economics, Stellenbosch University)

  • Ian Stuart

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    (South African National Treasury, Pretoria)

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In order to achieve an ‘optimal health system’ health policies should not only be focused on the supply of health care, but also take cognisance of the demand for health care. Studies of health care demand in South Africa are scarce due to considerable data limitations. This analysis attempts to fill this gap by combining two data sets (specifically, the GHS 2004 and IES/LFS 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.

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Paper provided by Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 11/2006.

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Keywords: health care; demand for health; combining data sets; South Africa;

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  1. Steven F. Koch, 2012. "The Abolition Of User Fees And The Demand For Health Care: Re-Evaluating The Impact," Working Papers 201219, University of Pretoria, Department of Economics.
  2. Anna S. Brink & Steven F. Koch, 2013. "The 1996 User Fee Abolition in South Africa: A Difference-in-Difference Analysis," Working Papers 201332, University of Pretoria, Department of Economics.

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