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Table 1 Description of the independent variables hypothesized to explain willingness to participate and pay for National Health Insurance in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

From: Willingness to participate and Pay for a proposed national health insurance in St. Vincent and the grenadines: a cross-sectional contingent valuation approach

Variables Explanation Measurement Hypothesized relationship with willingness to pay
Age How old the respondents are in years 0 = Less than 30 Younger people will be less willing to pay than older ones
1 = 31 - 45
2 = 46 – 60
3 = More than 60
Sex Whether the respondent is male or female 0 = male Males will be more willing to pay than females
1 = female
Marital Status Characteristic of respondent marital status 0 = Married Respondents who are married have a greater willingness to pay
1 = Single/Divorced/Widowed
Total number of people in household: The number of residents within each household 1 = 2 or less Higher number of household residents will lead to higher willingness to pay
2 = 3 – 5
3 = More than 5
Geographic location Whether the respondent resides in a rural or urban area 1 = rural area Residents living in urban areas will be more willing to pay than those in rural areas
2 = sub-urban area
3 = Urban area
4 = Grenadines
Education level Measures the highest level of education attained by the respondents 0 = Primary school completed The greater the level of education attained the greater the willingness to pay will be
1 = Secondary school completed
2 = Completed tertiary level education
Individual Monthly Income The gross monthly salary of the respondent in Eastern Caribbean Dollar (USD $1 = ECD $2.70) 0 = $500 or less People who earn more will be more willing to pay
1 = $501 - $1000
3 = More than $1 000
Employment status Whether the respondent is employed or not 0 = Not employed People who are employed will be more willing to pay
1 = Employed
2 = Self-employed
3 = Retired
State of health Respondents self rated health status 4 = Excellent Respondents who are in better health will be less willing to pay than those in worse health
3 = Very Good
2 = Good
1 = Fair
0 = Poor
Health insurance ownership If the respondents has health insurance or not 0 = No Respondents with health insurance will be more willing to pay than those without
1 = yes
Level of satisfaction with the public health care system Measures the respondent level of satisfaction with the public health care system 0 = Not satisfied Respondents who are satisfied will be less likely to pay than those who are dissatisfied
1 = Neutral
2 = satisfied