The maximum rate of use of health service facilities as a function of various independent variables like health status, price, distance from facility, time spent obtaining the service, income, wealth, educational attainment and so on. The demand for health services is usually treated as a derived demand (that is, derived from the demand for health). The income elasticity has commonly been found to be around unity, so an increase in income normally leads to a roughly similar increase in the demand for service. The price elasticity is usually low. See Demand Curve, Demand for Health, Elasticity.
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