The Indian National Health Insurance Scheme, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), was launched by the Ministry of Labour and Employment in 2008 to promote equitable access to health services through the private and public sectors. This scheme is intended to offer economically disadvantaged families living below the poverty line in urban and rural areas access to a pre-specified package of health services including: general surgery, general medical care, pediatric care, gynecological care, family planning (FP) and other reproductive health (RH) services, dental, ophthalmology, urology, neurosurgery, and oncology. Almost eight years into the program, this is 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 RSBY for FP/RH services, understand concerns of those administering the program and providing services, and provide programmatic recommendations for improvement.
Mozumdar, Arupendra, Kumudha Aruldas, Aparna Jain, Laura Reichenbach, Robin Keeley, and M.E. Khan. 2016. "Understanding demand for family planning and reproductive health services through 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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