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Dynamic Health Care Decisions and Child Health in South Africa

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  • Olufunke Alaba
  • Steven Koch

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A large number of child deaths in developing countries could be averted if ill children received care sooner rather than later. This paper analyses the healthcare treatment pathway that is followed for children under the age of six. The majority of these children receive treatment within 24 hours. However, we find that income affects the probability of any treatment, despite freely available public healthcare, while delayed treatment for severely ill children is more likely to occur in more expensive private facilities. Our results suggest that free public healthcare is not enough to mitigate health inequality amongst young children, and that delayed healthcare could lead to adverse household expenditure shocks.

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  • Olufunke Alaba & Steven Koch, 2009. "Dynamic Health Care Decisions and Child Health in South Africa," Working Papers 142, Economic Research Southern Africa.
  • Handle: RePEc:rza:wpaper:142
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    1. Anna S. Brink & Steven F. Koch, 2013. "The 1996 User Fee Abolition in South Africa: A Difference-in-Difference Analysis," Working Papers 201332, University of Pretoria, Department of Economics.

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    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
    • C35 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions

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