Does disability increase households’ health financial risk: evidence from the Uganda demographic and health survey

Wilfried Guets, Guets and Dr. Deepak Kumar Behera, Kumar Behera (2022) Does disability increase households’ health financial risk: evidence from the Uganda demographic and health survey. Global Health Research and Policy. pp. 1-8. ISSN 23970642

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Abstract

Abstract Background: In the last few years, there has been a worldwide commitment to protect the vulnerable individuals from higher fnancial risk through out-of-pocket (OOP) health expenditure. This study examines the infuence of dis�ability and socio-demographic factors on households’ health fnancial risks in Uganda. Methods: We used nationally representative cross-sectional data from the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (UDHS) collected in 2016 by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) in Uganda. We measured fnancial risk (house�holds’ health expenditure) by money paid for health care services. We estimated the “probit” model to investigate the efect of disability on health fnancial risk. Results: A total of 19,305 households were included in this study. Almost 32% of households paid money for health care services access, among which 32% paid through out-of-pocket. Almost 41% of household heads were afected by disability. The majority (73%) of families went to the public sector for health care services. The mean age was 45 years (SD±15). We fnd that disability is signifcantly associated with the household fnancial risk (p<0.01). The pri�vate sector’s choice for health care services is likely to positively afect the fnancial risk compared to the public sector (p<0.01). The wealthier the household was, the more money paid for health service was (p<0.01). Conclusion: Our results indicated that disability and household socio-demographic characteristics were associated with health fnancial risk in Uganda. Identifying families with disability and experiencing difcult living conditions con�stitute an entry point for health authorities to enhance health coverage progress in low and middle-income countries

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Disability, Health financial risk, Healthcare Payment, Socio-Demographic, Household Survey, Uganda
Subjects: Departments at MU > Commerce
Depositing User: department of Commerce
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2022 05:32
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2022 05:32
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/158819

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