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Title: Illness reporting and demand for medical care in rural Burkina Faso
Authors: Pokhrel, S
De Allegri, M
Gbangou, A
Sauerborn, R
Keywords: Demand;Health care;Sample selection;Heckman;Burkina Faso;Rural
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Social Science & Medicine, 70(11), 1693-1700, 2010
Abstract: The issue of illness reporting in modelling demand for health care in low- and middle-income countries can be handled according to either of two conceptually-different constructs: (a) considering illness reporting behaviour as endogenous to demand; or (b) considering demand itself as the outcome of a sample selection phenomenon. In this paper, we take the second viewpoint and estimate the demand for medical care with an estimator that uses Heckman-type. Empirical estimates based on household survey data from rural Burkina Faso suggest that there are some implications of illness reporting behaviour for modelling the demand for medical care.
Description: This is the post-print version of the final paper published in Social Science & Medicine. The published article is available from the link below. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. Copyright @ 2010 Elsevier B.V.
ISSN: 0277-9536
Appears in Collections:Health Economics Research Group (HERG)

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