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Willingness and ability of Bulgarian consumers to pay for improved public health care services

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An application of the contingent valuation method to the willingness and ability of Bulgarian consumers to pay for public health care services is presented. The study uses data from a household survey conducted in May-June 2000. The willingness and ability to pay for outpatient, inpatient and dental services is investigated. A combination of interval checklist and open-ended questions are used to elicit the willingness-to-pay amounts. The impact of the sociodemographic characteristics on the responses is examined by a generalized Tobit regression. Based on the regression equation, the welfare effects of various fee levels are simulated.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Health Organization Policy and Economics Faculty of Health Sciences University of Maastricht PO BOX 616 6200 MD Maastricht The Netherlands

Publication date: June 1, 2004

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