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Economic and Welfare Effects of the Abolition of Health User Fees : Evidence from Uganda
 
Author:Deininger, Klaus; Mpuga, Paul; Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 3276
Country:Uganda; Date Stored:2004/05/21
Document Date:2004/04/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Pharmaceuticals & Pharmacoeconomics; Housing & Human Habitats; Poverty Assessment; Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Health Systems Development & Reform; Public Health PromotionLanguage:English
Region:AfricaReport Number:WPS3276
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: The authors use household level data for Uganda for 1999-2000 and 2002-03, before and after the abolition of user fees for public health services, to explore the effect of this policy on different groups' ability to access health services and morbidity outcomes. They find that the policy change improved access and reduced the probability of sickness in a way that was particularly beneficial to the poor. Although the challenge of maintaining service quality remains, aggregate benefits are estimated to be significantly larger than the estimated shortfalls from the abolition of user fees.

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