Lecturas de Economía
Print version ISSN 0120-2596
GALLEGO, Juan Miguel; RAMIREZ, Manuel and SEPULVEDA, Carlos. The Determinants of the Health Status in a Developing Country: Results from the Colombian Case. Lect. Econ. [online]. 2005, n.63, pp. 111-135. ISSN 0120-2596.
We find empirical evidence of the health determinants as a measure of health capital in a developing country after a deep reform of its health-care sector. We use the model of Grossman and take, besides individual and socioeconomic variables, institutional variables. Two surveys from 1997 and 2000, with a subjective (self-report) health status of the individuals, and information about the health system affiliation type, were used. The estimation method is an order probit model. The results show an important connection of individual, institutional and socioeconomic variables with the health status. Although the access to medical care seems to strength the inequities in health outcome, the purpose of the social security reform of affiliating the vulnerable population is met.
Keywords : Demand for health; health production; developing countries; probit estimations.