Factors determining the choice of a health care provider: the case study of Kilosa and Iringa districts

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Unversity of Dar es Salaam
Health is a fundamental dimension of wellbeing and a key component of human capital. The existing linkage between health and economic growth are well accepted and an impressive body of literature has accumulated over a number of years on the effect of health on production, economic growth and development. This study in concentrated with the investigation of factors determining the choice of a healthcare provider, a case study of Kilosa and Iringa districts. The study investigates further the determinants of shift from one provider to another. The study uses the Multinomial Logit Model (MNL) for analysis as used in similar studies. Data for the study are drawn from a survey which covered 500 households in a study carried out at the end of 2003 to assess compliance with Community. Health fund (CHF). The study finds that physical distance is not a significant determinant factor for choice of one health care provider in relation to other, but transport cost is significant especially for private health care providers. In this study it has also been revealed that old people are more likely to go to traditional healers when compared to other health care providers. Therefore the study seeks for the need to release pressure for the people on treatment, so that instead they engage more in productive activities. Improving public health care services seems to be impacts positively on the vulnerable groups like females and children.
Available in print form, East Africana Collection, Dr. Wilbert Chagula Library, Class mark (THS EAF RA 981.T34 M75)
Health care personnel, Public health service, Public health administrators
Msokwa, S. E. (2007) Factors determining the choice of a health care provider: the case study of Kilosa and Iringa districts, Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam