Demand for Health Services

Definitions

Health Economics

  • The maximum rate of use of health service facilities as a function of various independent variables like health status, price, distance from facility, time spent obtaining the service, income, wealth, educational attainment. The demand for health services is usually treated as a derived demand (that is, derived from the demand for health).The income-elasticity has commonly been found to be around unity, so an increase in income normally leads to a roughly similar proportional increase in the demand for service. The price-elasticity is usually low. Whether it makes sense to view the demand for health care as based on an individual's own decisions is a moot point. The demand for many services depends not only on the perspective of the patients but also on that of the health care professional.
  • synonymDemand for Health Care
    (written as demand for health services)
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