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Does disability increase households’ health financial risk: evidence from the Uganda demographic and health survey
Authors: Wilfried Guets and Deepak Kumar Behera
Source: Global Health Research and Policy, Volume 7, issue 2; DOI:
Topic(s): Economics
Health care utilization
Country: Africa
Published: JAN 2022
Abstract: Background: In the last few years, there has been a worldwide commitment to protect the vulnerable individuals from higher financial risk through out-of-pocket (OOP) health expenditure. This study examines the influence of disability and socio-demographic factors on households’ health financial risks in Uganda. Methods: We used nationally representative cross-sectional data from the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (UDHS) collected in 2016 by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) in Uganda. We measured financial risk (households’ health expenditure) by money paid for health care services. We estimated the “probit” model to investigate the effect of disability on health financial risk. Results: A total of 19,305 households were included in this study. Almost 32% of households paid money for health care services access, among which 32% paid through out-of-pocket. Almost 41% of household heads were affected by disability. The majority (73%) of families went to the public sector for health care services. The mean age was 45 years (SD?±?15). We find that disability is significantly associated with the household financial risk (p?