International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online)

Assessing the Influential Factors on the Use of Healthcare: Evidence From Ghana
Bashiru I.I. Saeed, A.R. Abdul-Aziz, XicangZhao

Abstract
A socio-economic inequality in the use of healthcare services in Ghana is investigated in this paper. The data employed in the study were drawn from Global Ageing and Adult Health survey conducted in Ghana by SAGE and was based on the design for the World Health Survey in 2003. Using binarylogistic model in R, the study found that education, insurance, employment, income, and health state areimportant gradientsto healthcareusein Ghana. Thus, Ghanaians who are self-employed and those in the informal sector are respectively far more likely to make use of healthcare as opposed to those in the public sector. Again, respondents who have no insurance coverage are relatively far more likely to make good use of healthcare services as against those who have.Also, Ghanaians who are in very good health are literally far less enthused to utilize healthcare as against their other colleagues.

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