Public or private: determinants of choice of healthcare providers in Sri Lanka

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Sunimalee Madurawela
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The decision of choosing a health care service provider is determined by various factors. Yet, individual characteristics, household characteristics, features of the service provider, and level of illness can be regarded as the main determinants of selecting a health care provider. Understanding the determinants of health care demand provides a basis upon which governments can reform health policy.

This study was carried out with the objectives of identifying the main determinant factors in selecting a healthcare service provider for in-patient treatments and out-patient treatments and to identify the usage preferences of different social segments.