Determinants of the choice of health care provider in Nigeria

Health Care Manag Sci. 2008 Sep;11(3):215-27. doi: 10.1007/s10729-007-9038-3.


The study investigated the determinants of households' choice of health care provider in Nigeria. Individual and household based questionnaires were used for the study. Using a multinomial logit model, the findings revealed that both distance and money prices are significant factors in discouraging individuals from seeking modem health care services but money prices was less important as a determinant of the choice of health care provider. And from the descriptive analysis, money price was a major reason why many low income households opted for the self-care option. Furthermore, the study showed that older people tend to patronize public and private hospitals.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Decision Making*
  • Female
  • Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medicine, African Traditional
  • Nigeria
  • Private Sector / statistics & numerical data
  • Public Sector / statistics & numerical data
  • Religious Missions / statistics & numerical data
  • Rural Population
  • Self Medication
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Urban Population