Journal article

Is there an association between public spending on health and choice of healthcare providers across socioeconomic groups in India?-Evidence from a national sample

Patrick Mulcahy, Ajay Mahal, Barbara McPake, Sumit Kane, Prabir Kumar Ghosh, John Tayu Lee

SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

The role of public spending on health in reducing socioeconomic inequalities in healthcare is an emerging area of research, little supporting empirical evidence is available from low- and middle-income countries. This study examined: (1) the relationship between public spending on health per capita and the decision whether to seek healthcare or not, (2) the relationships between public spending on health per capita and choice of medical provider, and (3) whether these relationships varied by socioeconomic groups in India. Our study utilized the nationally representative 71st National Sample Survey of India, using 26,142 people who had been ailing in the past 15 days, the survey took place be..

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