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Sante Publique. 2013 Jul-Aug;25(4):527-33.

[Pre-financing community healthcare: the willingness of households to pay for primary health care in Benin].

[Article in French]

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1
Faculté des sciences de la santé, Université d'Ottawa, 25 Université, K1N6N5 Ottawa, Canada. sanni.yaya@uottawa.ca
2
Institut international du Management 01BP6829, Cotonou, Bénin.
3
Faculté d'Agronomie, Université de Parakou, BP 123, Parakou, Bénin.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study aims to determine factors associated with Benin rural households' willingness to pre-finance their primary health care.

METHODS:

This study was conducted in Sèmè-Podji, Department Ouémé Benin. The contingent valuation method, namely "bidding game" or "dichotomous choice" was used to determine the willingness to pay for health care. We conducted a probit regression analysis on a sample of 150 rural households.

RESULTS:

The value of household willingness to pre-finance their primary health care is between 6,000 and 12,000 FCFA per person per year with a median value of 8,000 FCFA/person/year. This value is determined by several factors. Income level, age, usage patterns of health services and promptness in receiving patients have a positive impact on the households' willingness to pay for their health care. The physical characteristics of health centers seem to constitute a barrier to the willingness to pay for health care.

CONCLUSION:

The pre-financing of health care by households is determined by socio-economic characteristics as well as physical characteristics of health centers.

PMID:
24404735
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