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Role of private hospitals in Kerala: An Exploration

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  • T.R. Dilip

    (Centre for Development Studies)

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This is an attempt to understand the characteristics of private hospitals and the equity in accessing their services, using secondary data available for the period 1986-2004. The data indicates that private hospitals did not expand in numbers but a strong consolidation by large hospitals has taken place. Public policy favouring increased private sector participation in medical education coupled with opening of super specialty hospitals has led to a situation where small hospitals or nursing homes are losing their significance and a large number of them have been phased out. The regional variation in availability of private hospitals is sizeable. The presence of private hospitals is comparatively limited in northern districts of Palakkad, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Kasargod.....

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  • T.R. Dilip, 2008. "Role of private hospitals in Kerala: An Exploration," Centre for Development Studies, Trivendrum Working Papers 400, Centre for Development Studies, Trivendrum, India.
  • Handle: RePEc:ind:cdswpp:400
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    Keywords

    Private hospitals; health system; equity; Kerala;

    JEL classification:

    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • I19 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Other
    • J18 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Public Policy

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