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Hospital choice in a government funded health insurance scheme: Evidence from Andhra Pradesh

Tripathi, Shruti (2018): Hospital choice in a government funded health insurance scheme: Evidence from Andhra Pradesh.

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Abstract

This study examines the factors that influence patient's choice of a hospital when health-care is financed by government funded health insurance scheme. The model is estimated using a multinomial logit applied to about 0.3 million cases of inpatient treatment from one of the state health insurance scheme in India in 2015. This is the first attempt to identify and quantify the impact of individual and hospital specific factors on patient choice for tertiary care under an insurance scheme in India. The results show that in absence of price constraint patients prefer to choose providers believed to be of higher quality in our case private and big public hospitals, bypassing the smaller public hospitals.

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