Most evaluations of India's primary health care (PHC) program have been critical of the ways government primary health centers have been functioning.
It has been commonly noted that utilization of health services is poor and community participation in the PHC outreach program low.
Additionally, medical officers and health center staff are often accused of being negligent in their duties.
In this paper I argue that it is worthwhile examining how a popular primary health center functions in a context marked by a growing demand for Western medicines.
Attention is drawn to the ingenious ways in which health personnel respond to client demands and government medicine shortages.
The case of a popular primary health center in rural Maharashtra is presented.
This health center is both the site of public and private health care.
Discussed is the manner in which rural populations in India maximize available health care options given time, cash and transportation constraints.
Current thinking about community health financing is considered in light of existing health care utilization patterns, community evaluation of free services, perceptions of entitlement and the likely response of practitioners to such schemes.
Mots-clés Pascal : Soin santé primaire, Centre santé, Milieu rural, Utilisation, Participation, Financement, Organisation santé, Système santé, Inde, Santé communautaire, Asie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Primary health care, Health center, Rural environment, Use, Participation, Financing, Public health organization, Health system, India, Asia
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0378458
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 01/03/1996.