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The Demand for Primary Health Care Services in the Bicol Region of the Philippines

Citation

Akin, John S.; Griffin, Charles C.; Guilkey, David K.; & Popkin, Barry M. (1986). The Demand for Primary Health Care Services in the Bicol Region of the Philippines. Economic Development and Cultural Change, 34(4), 755-782.

Abstract

The strategies selected to provide health services to rural areas in low-income countries are motivated in part by the following commonly held assumptions about existing health conditions and medical service demand patterns in such countries: (1) many Third World health problems are thought to be susceptible to elementary types of care and simple drugs that can be supplied by paraprofessionals; (2) conventional modern medical resources are thought to be located primarily in urban areas and therefore to be inaccessible to rural households; and (3) the economic aspects of the demand for medical care-income, time costs, and cash costs-are thought to be extremely important deterrents to using medical services. The idea that simple interventions, usually of a preventive type, will solve many rural health problems is probably incontrovertible. However, although the proper interventions can be dictated by a public health or epidemiological analysis, the planned effects of such interventions may be offset by unexpected behavioral patterns of both target and nontarget groups.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1086/451558

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

1986

Journal Title

Economic Development and Cultural Change

Author(s)

Akin, John S.
Griffin, Charles C.
Guilkey, David K.
Popkin, Barry M.