The impact of family and budget structure onhealth treatment in Nigeria

Orubuloye, I.O. and Caldwell, John C. and Caldwell, Pat and Bledsoe, Caroline H. (1991) The impact of family and budget structure onhealth treatment in Nigeria. HEALTH TRANSITION REVIEW, 1 (2). pp. 189-209.

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Health-treatment decisions, in much of the world, are affected by the family’s ability to meet thecost. In West Africa the situation is more complex because husbands and wives typically haveseparate budgets. This article reports an exploration of the impact on treatment of divided familybudgets in Nigeria where health services now charge for prescribed drugs. It was found that mostchild treatment is paid for by one person only, usually a parent, and that the treatment chosen isdecided by the person meeting the cost. Mothers are most likely to pay for minor illnesses but thefather’s role becomes more important as the cost rises. Because the type, and even fact, oftreatment depends on the ability to pay, and because the family is not a unity in these decisions,the health system may have to devise charging procedures that make both parents responsible,possibly with community involvement in securing payment

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Mr. Victor Sebiotimo
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2019 09:47
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2019 09:47

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