Research by the authors into the household economy in rural Ethiopia finds evidence for the need for health financing reforms and safety nets to reduce the financial consequences of ill-health.
In this article published in Health Systems & Reform, the authors examine the immediate effects of various ill-health measures on health expenditure and labour supply, the subsequent coping responses, and the effect on income and consumption.
They find evidence of substantial economic risk in terms of increased health expenditure and reduced agricultural productivity. Although households are able to smooth their consumption by changing their labour patterns, borrowing and depleting assets, these measures are unlikely to be sustainable. More long-term solutions, such as health financing reforms and safety nets, are therefore needed to reduce the financial consequences of ill-health.
Read the full article online - 'Economic consequences of ill-health in rural Ethiopia', in Health Systems & Reform, Vol 7, Issue 2