PhD Confirmation Shuai Shao

Investigating Determinants of Health Provider Choices to Inform Health Policy Making:

Eliciting Patient Preferences through three Condition-Specific Discrete Choice Experiments in Four Indian States

Despite its strong economic growth in recent decades, improvement in India’s main health indicators lag behind most of its South Asian neighbours. While the Indian government aspires to commit more resources for healthcare reform, evidence is lacking as to what aspects of healthcare provision patients value the most. For an effective reform to take place, government should consider the preferences of population that these services aim to serve.

The project will investigate determinants of household choices of healthcare providers in the presence of alternative options, in four different states with different levels of public health system development. By using Discrete Choice Experiments to explore the trade-offs that households make between different dimensions of healthcare utilisation, the project will contribute to our understanding of how a more effectively developed health system might reshape health seeking behaviour in India.

The project is funded by a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant. Shuai is supported by Australian Government’s Research Training Program (2018-2021).

Shuai Shao is a PhD Candidate at the Nossal Institute for Global Health. Her research aims to use innovative health economics tools to understand how health systems could be reshaped to better respond to population needs.

Before commencing her PhD at the Nossal Institute, Shuai worked as a healthcare consultant at Access Health International in Shanghai and as a research assistant at African Population and Health Research Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. Shuai has a Master of Science in Global Health from Duke University’s global campus in Kunshan, China and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Prof Barbara McPake, Nossal Institute for Global Health, Melbourne School of Population & Global Health, Melbourne

Dr Ilias Goranitis, Centre for Health Policy, Melbourne School of Population & Global Health, University of Melbourne

Prof Ajay Mahal, Nossal Institute for Global Health, Melbourne School of Population & Global Health, University of Melbourne

Dr John Tayu Lee, Nossal Institute for Global Health, Melbourne School of Population & Global Health, University of Melbourne

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