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Borrowing for hospitalization in India

Rama Pal ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: Borrowing to cover hospital costs is a major concern in developing countries, like India, as it may push households into despairs of poverty and indebtedness. The present study examines factors that lead to borrowing for hospitalization in case of Indian households. For this purpose, we use sample selection model. The analysis points out vulnerability of households from deprived sections of society and uneducated households, as they are more likely to borrow. Moreover, higher availability of public hospitals lowers probability of borrowing in rural areas. Thus, increasing coverage of public hospitals in rural areas might prove to be helpful.

Keywords: Hospital costs; Borrowing; Sample Selection Model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I18 I19 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2010-08-18
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