Social protection and related initiatives have been targeted at reducing poverty,
providing assistance for families with children and providing people with
healthcare and housing. Healthcare provision, particularly, constitutes an
essential component of a minimum package of goods and services for the
development and advancement of individuals within the household system.
This paper utilizes the 2004 South Africa General Household Survey, which
contains detailed information on household structure and health-seeking
behaviour. So far, the results suggest that differences in family structure
strongly influence the decision to attend various healthcare facilities.