Health Equity and Access to Health Care in Trinidad and Tobago
World Journal of Public Health
Volume 3, Issue 3, September 2018, Pages: 83-92
Received: Jun. 23, 2018; Accepted: Jul. 13, 2018; Published: Aug. 14, 2018
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Mandreker Bahall, Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
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Health inequity persists, particularly in developing countries. This study explores access to public health care and equity. This descriptive study was conducted using a review of the literature, print media, health reports, and patient experiences. Health accessibility links to equity were analysed, focusing on inequity in healthcare access, challenges in accessing services (long waiting times, non-available pharmaceuticals), poor public health (murder, rape, and other crimes, traffic accidents, traffic congestion, divorce, and unemployment), and misrepresentations of health guidelines. The necessary out-of-pocket spending disfavours the poor and favours the rich who, by purchasing basic health services, have greater access to public health services. The negative public health environment increases the health burden and imposes healthcare requirements which further disfavour the poor in particular, while informal networks favour the rich. Shortfalls in health services and public health necessitate out-of-pocket spending, which also dis-favours the poor and favours the rich.
Basic Health Service, Equity, Healthcare, Inequity, Primary Constraints, Trinidad and Tobago
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Mandreker Bahall, Health Equity and Access to Health Care in Trinidad and Tobago, World Journal of Public Health. Vol. 3, No. 3, 2018, pp. 83-92. doi: 10.11648/j.wjph.20180303.13
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