Determinants of Health Care Demand in Ghana Using the Ordered Probit Model Analysis
International Journal of Business and Economics Research
Volume 3, Issue 6, December 2014, Pages: 259-265
Received: Dec. 1, 2014; Accepted: Dec. 9, 2014; Published: Jan. 12, 2015
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Bismark Osei, Department of Finance and Accounting, Zenith University College, Accra, Ghana
Mark Edem Kunawotor, Department of Finance and Accounting, Zenith University College, Accra, Ghana
Enock Anane, Department of Economics, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana
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Abstract
The study examines the factors that determine health care demand of the people of Kwabre East District in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Health behaviour model formulated by Anderson and Newman was adopted for the analysis with the help of Ordered Probit. The result of the study revealed that, the level of income, transportation cost, hospital cost and NHIS have positive signs, implying that as these factors increases, the utilization of health care facilities also increases. It was found out from the marginal effects results that, NHIS and transport cost have negative signs on the patient’s first visit to hospital whiles the level of income and hospital cost were insignificant.
Keywords
National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Health care demand, Ordered Probit Model, Kwabre East District
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Bismark Osei, Mark Edem Kunawotor, Enock Anane, Determinants of Health Care Demand in Ghana Using the Ordered Probit Model Analysis, International Journal of Business and Economics Research. Vol. 3, No. 6, 2014, pp. 259-265. doi: 10.11648/j.ijber.20140306.17
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