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Faith-Inspired Health Care Provision In Ghana: Market Share, Reach To The Poor, And Performance

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  • Jill Olivier
  • Mari Shojo
  • Quentin Wodon

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This paper relies on administrative, household surveys and qualitative data to answer three questions about the services provided by faith-inspired health care providers in Ghana, asking: (1) what is the market share of faith-inspired providers as compared to other types of providers; (2) are there differences in market shares among the poor between faith-inspired providers and other types of providers; and (3) how satisfied are patients with the services received and why are patients choosing faith-inspired providers for care? While estimates based on facilities data, especially for hospitals, suggest that the market share of faith-inspired providers is at 30 percent to 40 percent, estimates from household surveys are at less than ten percent. The market share among the poor of faith-inspired providers appears to be similar to that of public providers, but higher than that of private non-religious providers. The qualitative data suggests that the reasons that lead patients to choose faith-inspired providers are not related directly to religion per se, but rather (perhaps indirectly) to the quality of the services provided, including (but not only) through the values of dignity and respect for patients that these facilities exhibit.
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  • Jill Olivier & Mari Shojo & Quentin Wodon, 2014. "Faith-Inspired Health Care Provision In Ghana: Market Share, Reach To The Poor, And Performance," The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(1), pages 84-96, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:rfiaxx:v:12:y:2014:i:1:p:84-96
    DOI: 10.1080/15570274.2013.876735
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    1. Coulombe, Harold & Wodon, Quentin, 2012. "Benefit incidence of public health spending for public and faith-inspired health facilities in Ghana," MPRA Paper 45390, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Harold Coulombe & Quentin Wodon, 2013. "Mapping religious health assets: Are faith-inspired facilities located in poor areas in Ghana?," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 33(2), pages 1615-1631.
    3. Shojo, Mari & Tsimpo, Clarence & Wodon, Quentin, 2012. "Satisfaction with and reasons for choosing faith-inspired health care provision in Ghana," MPRA Paper 45376, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Marty Makinen & Stephanie Sealy & Ricardo A. Bitrán & Sam Adjei & Rodrigo Muñoz, 2011. "Private Health Sector Assessment in Ghana," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 5956, August.
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    1. Harold Coulombe & Quentin Wodon, 2013. "Mapping religious health assets: Are faith-inspired facilities located in poor areas in Ghana?," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 33(2), pages 1615-1631.
    2. Shojo, Mari & Tsimpo, Clarence & Wodon, Quentin, 2012. "Satisfaction with and reasons for choosing faith-inspired health care provision in Ghana," MPRA Paper 45376, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    JEL classification:

    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I15 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Economic Development
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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