Health Services Avoidance and Self-Treatment During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence from rural India

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Basri Savitha
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0402-403X
Adithya Shelley
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0274-4129
Naveen Kumar K
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1498-9732

Abstract

Objectives: This paper is one of the first studies that identifies factors that inhibit access to healthcare services and healthcare-seeking behaviour (HCSB) in rural India during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Methods: The data source was the household sample survey of the World Bank on ‘COVID-19-Related Shocks in Rural India 2020, Rounds 1-3’. Binomial and multinomial regression analysis was carried out to estimate the determinants of health care avoidance and HCSB.


Results: Families belonging to low consumption quartiles not only delayed obtaining health care but also underutilized formal health resources at public and private facilities. The majority of non-agricultural households, as well as those that reduced their consumption during the outbreak, were forced to self-medicate through pharmacies. Family planning, immunization, child growth monitoring, and routine medical check-ups were among the services that were not availed during the pandemic.


Conclusion: The findings of this study emphasize the need of removing financial obstacles to care during the COVID-19, as well as the importance of child-related care continuity (child development monitoring, antenatal care, and immunization) and routine check-ups.

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Savitha, B., Shelley, A., & Kumar K, N. . (2022). Health Services Avoidance and Self-Treatment During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence from rural India. Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, 17(2). https://doi.org/10.24083/apjhm.v17i2.1259
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Author Biography

Basri Savitha, Manipal Institute of Management, Karnataka, India

Manipal Institute of Management
Centre for Advanced Research in Financial Inclusion
Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal-576104 Karnataka, India