The relationship between access to microfinance, health-seeking behaviour and health service uses: evidence from Bangladesh

Bhuiya, Mohammad Monzur Morshed and Khanam, Rasheda and Rahman, Mohammad Mafizur and Nghiem, Hong Son (2018) The relationship between access to microfinance, health-seeking behaviour and health service uses: evidence from Bangladesh. Economic Analysis and Policy, 60. pp. 9-17. ISSN 0313-5926

Abstract

This paper examines the extent to which participation in microfinance programs improves health service uses and health-seeking behaviour of participants. The study collects and analyses data from 439 households across 20 villages of four districts covered by three popular microfinance programs in Bangladesh. Our results suggest that participation in a microfinance program is positively associated with improvements in health services uses and health-seeking behaviour. Participation in microfinance programs is found to be associated with significant improvement in three health-related issues: antenatal care, diarrhoea remedial, and immunisation. A positive association between participation in microfinance and other health service uses is also found with weak statistical evidence.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2019 04:28
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2019 05:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: microfinance; health-seeking behaviour; health service; Bangladesh
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140208 Health Economics
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.eap.2018.08.004
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35727

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