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Title: A stated preference approach to assessing health care-quality improvements in Palestine: from theoretical validity to policy implications
Authors: Mataria, Awad
Keywords: Contingent valuation: Willingness to pay; Quality improvement; Health finance; Validity
Public health - Valuation - Willingness to pay
Quality improvement - Medical aspects
Health care - Economic aspects
Issue Date: 2004
Abstract: User fees have been promoted as a potential complementary funding mechanism for health care in developing countries. In this paper, we appraise the use of contingent valuation (CV) as a tool to help develop user fees schemes that could be used to assist in allocating, and partially fund, health care. A random sample of 499 patients seeking care in primary health care centers, in Palestine, were asked to reveal their willingness to pay values for specified improvements in the quality of delivered medical care. Empirical analysis suggests that, in this context, CV can lead to internally consistent results and useful policy implications
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