Journal article

Health care utilization, cost burden and coping strategies by disability status: an analysis of the Viet Nam National Health Survey

Michael Palmer, Nguyen Thuy, Teresa Neeman, Helen Berry, Terence Hull, David Harley

The International Journal of Health Planning and Management | WILEY | Published : 2011

Abstract

There is a need for nationally representative information on the affordability of health care by disability status to assist in the design of equitable health systems in developing countries. Using the Viet Nam National Health Survey (2001-2002), this paper analyses health care utilization, cost burden and coping strategies for people with disabilities versus the population at large. The results clearly show that the disabled population are more prone to hospitalization, and spend more on inpatient stays and pharmaceuticals. Households with disabled members are at greater risk of catastrophic health expenditures and debt financing, posing a serious threat to economic welfare.