Improving access to the formal health care sector is a primary public health goal in many low-income countries. But the returns to this access are unclear, given that the quality of care at public health facilities is often considered inadequate. We exploit temporal and geographic variation in the cost of traveling to formal sector health facilities to show that treatment at these facilities improves short-term health outcomes for acutely ill children in Tanzania. Our results suggest that these improvements are driven in part by more timely receipt of and better adherence to antimalarial treatment. (JEL I11, I12, I15, I18, J13, O15)
Adhvaryu, Achyuta, and Anant Nyshadham.
"Return to Treatment in the Formal Health Care Sector: Evidence from Tanzania."
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy,
Analysis of Health Care Markets
Health and Economic Development
Health: Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration