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Targeted interventions in healthcare: the role of facility placement

  • Mercedes Fernández
  • Sebastián Galiani
  • Ernesto Schargrodsky

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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Volume (Year): 27 (2006)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
Pages: 373-395

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Handle: RePEc:ifs:fistud:v:27:y:2006:i:3:p:373-395
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