Microfinance, health seeking behaviour and health service of rural households: evidence from a cross-sectional study in Bangladesh

Bhuiya, Mohammad Monzur Morshed and Khanam, Rasheda and Rahman, Mohammad Mafizur and Nghiem, Son (2015) Microfinance, health seeking behaviour and health service of rural households: evidence from a cross-sectional study in Bangladesh. In: 37th Annual Australian Health Economics Society Conference, 1-2 Oct 2015, Brisbane, Australia.

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Abstract

This paper attempts to examine whether participation in microfinance program improves health seeking behaviour and health knowledge of the participants. The study is based on the primary data of 439 households across 20 villages of four different districts in Bangladesh. The data were collected on a field survey. Our results suggest that the overall impact of microfinance operations on the health services and health seeking behaviour of the participants is mostly positive. Microfinance participants’ health related issues as indicated by antenatal care, maternal care, family planning, diarrhoea remedial, immunization provided, malaria/TB treatment, and medicines accessibility improved significantly after joining the microfinance. Further research should aim to figure out whether there is any substantial difference in the health seeking behaviour of the members (treatment) and non-members (control) of microfinance institutions (MFIs).


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2015 01:16
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2016 03:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: microfinance, health seeking behaviour, health service, Bangladesh
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140218 Urban and Regional Economics
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140208 Health Economics
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28062

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