SOCIO-ECONOMIC DETERMINANTS OF RURAL HEALTHCARE SERVICE UTILIZATION IN KERALA: A CASE STUDY OF MALAPPURAM DISTRICT
Health is the responsibility of every state to make an effort for raising better health condition and the standard of living of the people. The primary function of the state is the advancement of public health sector. The socio – economic determinants like education, level of income, employment, social status ete.... are influence the utilization of healthcare services. This study finds out that there is a positive association between the level of education and use of health services. The levels of employment, level of income, social status are also a positive relationship between the utilization of healthcare services. There are a number of determinant variable like near to resident, free services, experienced paramedical staff, easy to reach, peer group influence etc... Majority of the respondent utilize the healthcare facilities because of near to resident and the least one is the peer group influence.
KEY WORDS: WHO, utilization, , Primary Health Centre, First Referral Units (FRUs)