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Healthcare utilization and financing pattern among the rural elderly in Bargarh district of Odisha

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Rinshu Dwivedi, Pallavi Banjare, and Jalandhar Pradhan

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Indian Journal of Economics and Development
Year : 2016, Volume : 12, Issue : 1
First page : ( 91) Last page : ( 102)
Print ISSN : 2277-5412. Online ISSN : 2322-0430.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2322-0430.2016.00011.1

Healthcare Utilization and Financing Pattern among the Rural Elderly in Bargarh District of Odisha

Dwivedi Rinshu*, Banjare Pallavi, Pradhan Jalandhar
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela-769 008

*Corresponding author’s email: rinshudwivedi999@gmail.com

JEL Codes: I11, I14, I15, I18

Online published on 5 February, 2016.

Abstract
This study uses the primary data based on the sample survey of 310 households and examines the health care expenditure among elderly population and its association with different socio-economic covariates in Bargarh district of Odisha. The study shows that spending on health care differs on the basis of various socio-economiccharacteristics like age, gender, income, social group, living arrangement, morbidity, economic dependence, episode of illness, marital status etc. Results indicate that in terms of the morbidity, elderly population was suffering more from the problem of arthritis. Elderly reported their health as poor and disease prevalence among elderly was high. First preference for the treatment among the elderly was government hospitals in the first episode of illness. Major source of financing for elderly was their son in both the episodes of illness. Spending on the health care increases with economic status, independent living, higher literacy rate, separation from theirspouse, and with risk behaviour.

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