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Willingness to Pay for Community Health Fund Card in Mtwara Rural District,Tanzania

Baraldes, C. and Carreras , L. (2003) Willingness to Pay for Community Health Fund Card in Mtwara Rural District,Tanzania. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The Ministry of Health in Tanzania has established a new programme in the primary health care service. CHF is a district-level prepayment scheme targeted at the rural population.CHF starts in 1995 on a pilot basis in one district and in 2003 has to be implemented in all districts. Mtwara Rural District is in the implantation stage. This study was proposed for assisting the district in pricing the health service and developing recommendations for the process of CHF implementation. It is focused primarily on the willingness of the population to pay for a CHF card.Price is not the only factor related to willingness to join the CHF. Complex human behavior,choices and motivation can also determine it. The result of the survey have drawn up the demand curve and constructed the chart of expected revenues from CHF card. Next stage was estimating the health Facility costs in order to find out the amount of funds to be collected. The CHF card rates proposed are based in maximizing the population under the health care system and covering the HF costs. The questionnaire prepared for the survey includes a section to know the opinion of respondents about the quality of care provided by MoH health facilities. According to the data obtained, the study proposed to establish the Tanzania national drug programme(Indent System),before CHF. Indent System changes the drug supply system and might improve the health quality. Experiences in Africa countries are also reviewed. This section contents the constraints identifies in other studies about different systems of payment. Evidence demonstrates the dangers associated with charging clients at the point of use of health service. Almost invariably payment systems have the affect of dissuading the poor from ccessing this services. Exemption mechanisms attempting to mitigate this impact have not tended to work. The experiences suggests querying some issues about CHF. The study is addressed to two audiences , MRD and MSF. This factor made complex drawing up the document. It was prepared with a view to: Pricing the health care services ,Developing recommendations for the CHF implementation in MRD and Providing qualitative information about the side effects of payment systems in the health care sector.

Item Type: Other
Keywords: Community Health Fund, Health Facilities, Health Care, Mtwara, Tanzania, Africa
Subjects: Health Systems > Community Health
Health Systems > Health financing & economics
Divisions: Other
Depositing User: Mr Joseph Madata
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2013 05:27
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2013 05:27
URI: http://ihi.eprints.org/id/eprint/386

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