|dc.contributor.author||Dilip, T. R.||
|dc.identifier.citation||Dilip, T.R. (2008) Role of private hospitals in Kerala : an exploration. CDS working papers, no.400. Trivandrum: CDS.||en_GB
|dc.description.abstract||This is an attempt to understand the characteristics of private
hospitals and the equity in accessing their services, using secondary data
available for the period 1986-2004. The data indicates that private
hospitals did not expand in numbers but a strong consolidation by large
hospitals has taken place. Public policy favouring increased private sector
participation in medical education coupled with opening of super
specialty hospitals has led to a situation where small hospitals or nursing
homes are losing their significance and a large number of them have
been phased out. The regional variation in availability of private hospitals
is sizeable. The presence of private hospitals is comparatively limited in
northern districts of Palakkad, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Kasargod.
Annual hospitalisation rates show a rise in demand for hospital
facilities across this time period. Rich-poor divide in potential to seek
care from private hospitals highest during 1995-96, but declined
marginally in 2004. Though the quantum of utilization of private hospitals
among poor is similar as rich, it taxes them severely. Overall economic
marginalisation of low social groups has further restricted their access
to private hospitals.
Analysis also shows that the duration of hospitalisation is lesser if
treated in a private hospital than in a government hospital and that the
charity component in the so called “charitable hospitals” is disappearing.
Key Words: Private hospitals, health system, equity, Kerala.
JEL Classification: I11, I18, I19, J18||en_GB
|dc.publisher||Centre for Development Studies||en_GB
|dc.relation.ispartofseries||CDS working papers;400||
|dc.title||Role of private hospitals in Kerala : an exploration||en_GB
|dc.type||Series paper (non-IDS)||en_GB
|dc.rights.holder||Centre for Development Studies||en_GB