The unbearable cost of illness. Poverty, ill-health and access to health care: evidence from Lindi Rural District, Tanzania.



Witter, Sophie (2005) The unbearable cost of illness. Poverty, ill-health and access to health care: evidence from Lindi Rural District, Tanzania. Project Report. Save the Children, London.

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Abstract

Save the Children has studied the effects of user fees in healthcare on poor households in Tanzania. We have found that: • user fees inhibit the use of public healthcare, particularly for households coping with chronic illnesses • fee exemptions systems are complicated and difficult to understand; frequently they do not reach target groups • families with chronic health problems are likely to become significantly poorer. Save the Children recommends that: • user fees in healthcare are ended • central healthcare spending is increased • healthcare delivery is reformed to better suit the needs of families coping with chronic illness.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > The Institute for International Health and Development
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2012 12:46
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 13:00
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3041

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