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Differences in the private cost of health care between providers and satisfaction with services: results for sub-Saharan African countries

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  • Tsimpo, Clarence
  • Wodon, Quentin

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The issue of whether faith-inspired providers are able to reach the poor depends in part on the cost of the health services provided. This paper relies on recent nationally representative household surveys for sub-Saharan African countries to assess to what extent the cost of healthcare is a major reason for not being satisfied with health services and whether concerns with costs differ between types of providers. The paper also provides estimates of the cost of healthcare in a half dozen countries, again comparing public, private secular, and faith-inspired providers. The results suggest that cost indeed remains a major concern for households. There are differences in out-of-pocket costs for households between providers, with in many cases public providers being cheaper than faith-inspired providers and private secular providers. Yet these differences depend on the country and are not as large as one might have assumed.

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  • Tsimpo, Clarence & Wodon, Quentin, 2012. "Differences in the private cost of health care between providers and satisfaction with services: results for sub-Saharan African countries," MPRA Paper 45388, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:45388
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    1. Reinikka, Ritva & Svensson, Jakob, 2004. "Working for God?," CEPR Discussion Papers 4214, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    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.
    3. Gemignani, Regina & Tsimpo, Clarence & Wodon, Quentin, 2012. "Making quality care available for the poor: faith-inspired health facilities in Burkina Faso," MPRA Paper 45389, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    Health; Faith; Cost; Africa; Satisfaction; Christian Health Associations;

    JEL classification:

    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I14 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Inequality
    • I15 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Economic Development

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