The unbearable cost of illness. Poverty, ill-health and access to health care: evidence from Lindi Rural District, Tanzania.
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Witter, S. (2005) The unbearable cost of illness. Poverty, ill-health and access to health care: evidence from Lindi Rural District, Tanzania., , , no. 41, , London
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.