The Indian National Health Insurance Scheme, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), was launched by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India in 2008 to promote equitable access to health services through the private and public sectors. Almost eight years into the program, it was an opportune time to examine usage levels and barriers and facilitators to the program’s effectiveness. The Evidence Project conducted a study among the urban poor in Uttar Pradesh to look at awareness and use of the RSBY program and family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) services, examine concerns of those administering the program and providing services, and provide programmatic recommendations for improvement. This study identified several supply side factors of the insurance scheme that hinder knowledge of and access to services, including FP/RH services, among enrollees and potential enrollees, some of which are highlighted in this study brief.
Mozumdar, Arupendra, Kumudha Aruldas, Aparna Jain, Laura Reichenbach, Robin Keeley, and M.E. Khan. 2016. "Addressing supply side factors to improve family planning and reproductive health services in the Indian National Health Insurance Scheme in Uttar Pradesh," Policy brief. Washington, DC and New Delhi: Population Council, The Evidence Project.
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