Introduction of User Fees: a viable means of health care financing

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Ahsan, Kamrul and Bartlema, J (2008) Introduction of User Fees: a viable means of health care financing. Journal of Health Management, 10 (1). pp. 87-100. ISSN 0972-0634

Abstract

One of the priorities of the Bangladesh Health and Family Planning Programme is to focus on a cost recovery policy by the introduction of user fees to improve quality and financial sustainability. To assist the policy we propose an operations research-based cost recovery model to find the best ‘service mix’ from outdoor, indoor, emergency and diagnostic services for sub-district-level health facilities. The model considers budget, patient flow patterns, resource availability, service demand and equity principal constraints. The study offers proposals to assist the decision-making process for the introduction of a user fee and considers how much to charge, which services to start with, and which to include later.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7527
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/097206340701000105
Official URL http://jhm.sagepub.com/content/10/1/87.abstract
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1605 Policy and Administration
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Keywords ResPubID21778. health care financing, user fees, Bangladesh Health and Family Planning Programme
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