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Soc Sci Med. 2010 Jun;70(11):1693-700. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.02.002. Epub 2010 Feb 19.

Illness reporting and demand for medical care in rural Burkina Faso.

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  • 1Brunel University, Health Economics Research Group, Uxbridge UB8 3PH, United Kingdom. subhash.pokhrel@brunel.ac.uk

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.

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