Discussion Paper No. 155 of 2013 on Demand for Health Care in Kenya: The Effect of Health Insurance
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The health of the general population has been a major concern of the Government of Kenya since independence. There is evidence suggesting that positive health outcomes can be achieved if health care is made broadly available to the population during illness episodes. Moreover, it is widely believed that access to health insurance is one crucial mechanism for enabling all social groups to obtain care in the event of sickness. However, little evidence exists in Kenya on effects of health insurance on health status or on demand for health care. Indeed, substantial uncertainty exists in the literature regarding effects of health insurance on health and on health care provider choice decisions. This paper is an attempt to shed light on these issues. It investigates the role of health insurance on health status, health care utilization, and health care provider choice, controlling for individual, household, and community characteristics. Using data from the 2007 Kenya Household Health Expenditure and Utilization Survey (KHHEUS), the paper estimates probit models of health production and health care decisions conditional on illness. Further, a multinomial probit model is used to study the effect of health insurance on health care provider choice...
Health care; Health Insurance; Universal health Care; Health service; Kenya
PublisherThe Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA)
SeriesDiscussion Paper No.155 of 2013;
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