HomeDLSU Business & Economics Reviewvol. 7 no. 1 (1996)

Analyzing the Different Socio-Economic Factors Affecting the Demand for Health Care Facilities and Services in the Province of Pampanga

Rayomand Parvez Khatao | Ana Fe Ongtioco Lansangan | Penelope Chan Tan



Philippines, being a Third World Country, has always been on the search of the right approaches that would improve the worsening economic condition of the country.


The government seems to be concentrating more on its external undermining the internal problems that the country is facing. One of which is the provision of good social basic services of the Filipino people, such as health. This is one thing that the government has to concern itself with.


There appears to be a direct relationship between development and health. Health care is regarded by most government (at least in theory) as a productive investment, increasing labour productivity, reducing waste of life and enhancing quality of life (Phillips, 1990).


Thus, an improvement in the health conditions of the Filipino people would therefore result to a better quality of life and an improved standard of living for them. There is no doubt that health plays an important role in the development of a nation.


Third World citizens, such as the Filipinos are faced with different kinds of health care systems, such as the private, public and traditional health care (e.g ., albularyo ).


The researchers want to know which among the socio-economic factors related to health that were used for this particular study done in the province of Pampanga would greatly affect an individual 's decision on choosing the kind of health care system they prefer.