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Do prevailing theories sufficiently explain perceptions and health-seeking behavior of Ghanaians?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23303726     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The challenges faced by African countries that have pioneered a national health insurance scheme (NHIS) and the lessons learned can be of great value to other countries, contemplating the introduction of such a health financing system. In 2003, Ghana initiated the NHIS to provide access to healthcare for people in both the formal and informal sectors. The paper assesses the applicability of four theoretical models to explain the perceptions and decisions of Ghanaians to participate in the NHIS. To contextualize these models, we used qualitative data from individual and group interviews of Ghanaians. These interviews form part of the study "towards a client-oriented health insurance system in Ghana" to explain the uptake of the Ghanaian social health insurance. The paper argues for a new integrated model to provide a better understanding of clients' perceptions on illness, healthcare and health insurance. Such a model should highlight trust as a fundamental factor influencing the decision of Ghanaians to enroll in the NHIS. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Authors:
Christine J Fenenga; Kwasi Boahene; Daniel Arhinful; Tobias Rinke de Wit; Inge Hutter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of health planning and management     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1099-1751     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Health Plann Manage     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8605825     Medline TA:  Int J Health Plann Manage     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Affiliation:
Amsterdam Institute of Global Health and Development, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands.
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