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Reason HH not using govt health facility: Poor quality care

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HCNONGOVQUAL indicates whether poor quality care in government facilities explains why the household generally goes elsewhere to treat sickness.

The information in HCNONGOVQUAL is taken from the household record and applies to regular household residents, not temporary visitors. Researchers may wish to exclude visitors using the RESIDENT variable (with visitors coded "2") when women, children, or births are the unit of analysis, and using the HHRESIDENT variable when household members are the unit of analysis.

Comparability — Index



HCNONGOVQUAL has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

HCNONGOVQUAL is a country-specific variable not included in the standard DHS household questionnaire.

Comparability — India [top]

The 2015 Indian survey did not classify all types of public health care as "government facilities" for this question. For example, "ASHAs" (accredited social health activists, a type of community health worker), government mobile clinics, and non-specific "other public sector health facilities" did not count as "government health facilities" for this question. Instead, the focus was on households not using fixed facilities such as government municipal hospitals, government dispensaries, urban health centers, primary health centers, sub-centres, integrated child development service centers, and Ayurveda treatment centers.


  • India 2015: Women age 15-49 in households that did not generally use a government facility for treatment sickness.
  • India: 2015-W, 2015-C, 2015-B, 2015-M, 2015-H, 2015-W