Journal article

Financial Risks From Ill Health in Myanmar: Evidence and Policy Implications

Soe Htet, Victoria Fan, Khurshid Alam, Ajay Mahal

Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2015


The government of Myanmar, with support from international donors, plans to address household financial risks from ill health and expand coverage. But evidence to design policy is limited. WHS (World Health Survey) data for 6045 households were used to investigate the association of out-of-pocket (OOP) health spending, catastrophic expenditures, and household borrowing and asset sales associated with illness with key socioeconomic and demographic correlates in Myanmar. Households with elderly and young children and chronically ill individuals, poor households, and ethnic minorities face higher financial stress from illness. Rural households use less care, suggesting their lower OOP health sp..

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Awarded by National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: SH acknowledges support from the Australian Leadership Awards of the Australian government. KA acknowledges support from the Australian Postgraduate Award of the Australian government. AM was supported by an establishment grant from Monash University.