Addressing access barriers to health services: an analytical framework for selecting appropriate interventions in low-income Asian countries

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dc.contributor
Jacobs, B; Ir, P; Bigdeli, M; Annear, PL; Van Damme, W
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dc.date.accessioned
2015-11-10T12:42:59Z
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dc.date.available
2015-11-10T12:42:59Z
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dc.date.issued
2012
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dc.identifier.citation
Health Policy Plan.;JUL;2012;27;4
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dc.identifier.issn
0268-1080
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dc.identifier.uri
http://hdl.handle.net/11267/2530
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dc.description.abstract
While World Health Organization member countries embraced the concept of universal coverage as early as 2005, few low-income countries have yet achieved the objective. This is mainly due to numerous barriers that hamper access to needed health services. In this paper we provide an overview of the various dimensions of barriers to access to health care in low-income countries (geographical access, availability, affordability and acceptability) and outline existing interventions designed to overcome these barriers. These barriers and consequent interventions are arranged in an analytical framework, which is then applied to two case studies from Cambodia. The aim is to illustrate the use of the framework in identifying the dimensions of access barriers that have been tackled by the interventions. The findings suggest that a combination of interventions is required to tackle specific access barriers but that their effectiveness can be influenced by contextual factors. It is also necessary to address demand-side and supply-side barriers concurrently. The framework can be used both to identify interventions that effectively address particular access barriers and to analyse why certain interventions fail to tackle specific barriers.
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dc.language.iso
English
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dc.publisher
HEALTH POLICY PLANN
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dc.subject
CHILD HEALTH; ALMA-ATA; DEMAND-SIDE; USER FEES; IMPROVING ACCESS; PRIVATE-SECTOR; VOUCHER SCHEME; EQUITY FUNDS; LAO-PDR; CARE
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dc.title
Addressing access barriers to health services: an analytical framework for selecting appropriate interventions in low-income Asian countries
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