Prevalence and Patterns of Health Care Use Among Poor Older People Under the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Program in the Atwima Nwabiagya District of Ghana

Williams AGYEMANG-DUAH*, Charles PEPRAH, Francis ARTHUR-HOLMES

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

Abstract

In spite of the growing literature on prevalence and patterns of health care use in later life globally, studies have generally overlooked subjective standpoints of vulnerable Ghanaian older people obstructing the achievement of the United Nations’ health-related Sustainable Development Goals. We examined the prevalence and patterns of health care use among poor older people in the Atwima Nwabiagya District of Ghana. Cross-sectional data were obtained from an Aging, Health, Lifestyle and Health Services Survey conducted between June 1 and 20, 2018 (N = 200). Chi-square and Fisher’s exact tests were carried out to estimate the differences between gender and health care utilization with significant level of less than or equal to 0.05. Whereas, 85% of the respondents utilized health care, females were higher utilizers (88% vs. 75%) but males significantly incurred higher health care expenditure. The majority utilized health services on monthly basis (38%) and consulted public health care providers (77%). While 68% utilized services from hospitals, most sourced health information from family members (54%) and financed their health care through personal income (45%). The study found that the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty grant played a little role in reducing health poverty. Stakeholders should review social programs that target poor older people in order to improve their well-being and utilization of health care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
JournalGerontology & Geriatric Medicine
Volume5
Early online date25 Jun 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Health care use
  • Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty
  • Poor older people
  • Health information

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