by Ravi P. Rannan-Eliya
HPP Occasional Paper Series

This paper reports the results of a public opinion poll carried out in Sri Lanka, which was conducted as background research for a Harvard University-commissioned study of resource mobilisation experience in Sri Lanka.

The major consideration that is likely to influence introduction of any policy of charging user fees for routine services provide by the Ministry of Health is political. Such a policy may be potentially unpopular with the electorate, and thus carry significant political costs for policy makers. However, there has never been any evaluation of actual public opinion. As part of this study, IPS contracted with Research International (Pvt) Ltd. To insert three sets of questions into their regular national opinion poll survey to inquire about public opinion on this matter.