In 2008, the Government of India launched the National Health Insurance Scheme, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), to enable families living below the poverty line in both urban and rural areas to access a range of private health services. The available evidence suggests several limitations and barriers that may affect the utilization of RSBY services and warrants a more in-depth examination of the contexts of family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) services. The Population Council, under the Evidence project, conducted a study among the urban poor to: 1) determine RSBY awareness and barriers to enrollment; 2) identify barriers and facilitating factors to utilizing RSBY for FP/RH services; 3) assess the concerns and limitations of administrators and providers at RSBY-empaneled private hospitals for providing FP/RH services under RSBY; and 4) provide programmatic recommendations to improve the delivery and utilization of RSBY for various FP/RH services. Based on the results of this study, this report suggests a number of programmatic recommendations to improve the supply-side and demand-side barriers of the RSBY program, including for FP/RH services.
Mozumdar, Arupendra, Kumudha Aruldas, Aparna Jain, Laura Reichenbach, Robin Keeley, and M.E. Khan. 2016. "Utilization of national health insurance for family planning and reproductive health services by the urban poor in Uttar Pradesh, India." Washington, DC: Population Council, The Evidence Project.
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