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The Urban Patient: Health-Seeking Behavior in the Health Care System of San José, Costa Rica

Setha M. Low
Urban Anthropology
Vol. 10, No. 1 (SPRING 1981), pp. 27-52
Published by: The Institute, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40552944
Page Count: 26
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The Urban Patient: Health-Seeking Behavior in the Health Care System of San José, Costa Rica
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Abstract

The urban health care system in Costa Rica is made up of three health sectors: professional, popularandfolk medicine. Health seeking utilization patterns cut across these sectors. Patients in San José, Costa Rica, engage in complex health-seeking behavior exploiting the urban setting for its diverse medical services. A hierarchy of health care strategies is utilized by the individual when confronted with an illness. The individual first tries home remedies and then the local pharmacy; if these sources are inadequate the person turns to the medical institutions and the doctor. This health-seeking pattern of the patient manipulating medical sectors in a hierarchical pattern to obtain satisfactory treatment describes health behavior in the pluralistic medical context of an urban health care system.

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