Health-care seeking and expenditure by young Indian mothers in the public and private sectors


Bhatia, JC; Cleland, J; (2001) Health-care seeking and expenditure by young Indian mothers in the public and private sectors. Health policy and planning, 16 (1). pp. 55-61. ISSN 0268-1080

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Abstract

A total of 421 young married mothers in Karnataka State, India, were followed up at monthly intervals for 1 year. Results are presented on self-reported morbidity, treatment-seeking behaviour and health expenditures. A total of 911 completed illness episodes were reported, of which 58% resulted in consultations with practitioners, mostly working in the private sector. Amongst those who did consult physicians, an average of 1.76 visits was made per episode. The average cost per visit was 46 Rupees and 38 Rupees, for private and public-sector consultations respectively. The overall mean annual expenditure on treatment and associated costs for the entire sample was 172 Rupees, of which 104 Rupees was spent on private-sector treatment. Poorer women reported significantly more days of morbidity than richer women but spent significantly less per 100 days of illness.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Gynecological morbidity, self-medication, south-india, community, behavior, Comparative Study, Cross-Sectional Studies, Developing Countries, Female, Health Expenditures, statistics & numerical data, Human, India, Mothers, statistics & numerical data, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, statistics & numerical data, Private Practice, economics, utilization, Prospective Studies, Public Sector, economics, utilization, Self Medication, statistics & numerical data, Women's Health Services, economics, organization & administration, utilization
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Population Studies (1974-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
Research Centre: Population Studies Group
PubMed ID: 11238431
Web of Science ID: 167394400008
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/16597

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