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Targeted interventions in healthcare: the role of facility placement

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  • Mercedes Fernández
  • Sebastián Galiani
  • Ernesto Schargrodsky

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Adequate targeting is a primary concern in the design of any social programme that attempts to reach a specific group in society. This paper studies the targeting of a healthcare-centre programme aimed at the poor that relies on household self-selection into the programme at the local level. We find that a key variable in determining utilisation of the health centres is location. Households living near a centre are substantially more likely to use it than households living further away. This points to the importance of facility placement in targeting self-selected health programmes to the poor.

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  • Mercedes Fernández & Sebastián Galiani & Ernesto Schargrodsky, 2006. "Targeted interventions in healthcare: the role of facility placement," Fiscal Studies, Institute for Fiscal Studies, vol. 27(3), pages 373-395, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:ifs:fistud:v:27:y:2006:i:3:p:373-395
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    1. Romero Rocha & Rodrigo R. Soares, 2010. "Evaluating the impact of community‐based health interventions: evidence from Brazil's Family Health Program," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 19(S1), pages 126-158, September.

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    JEL classification:

    • H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • H43 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Project Evaluation; Social Discount Rate

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