In 2008, the Government of India launched the National Health Insurance program, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), to enable families living below the poverty line in urban and rural areas to access a range of private health services. Enrolled families can access packages of services from RSBY-participating private hospitals, including family planning (FP) and other reproductive health (RH) services. Despite the availability of insurance coverage, poor families’ utilization of RSBY for FP/RH services is believed to be negligible. The Evidence Project is conducting a study in three cities in Uttar Pradesh to better understand the factors affecting utilization of RSBY for FP/RH services. As this activity brief indicates, the study is timely because the government is eager to increase the number of beneficiaries, their uptake of health services, and the number of private hospitals participating. The study is also important given that RSBY is operating in an expanding urban environment, where there is a rapidly growing need for FP/RH services among the urban poor. Study findings will help contribute to India’s FP2020 goals.
"Utilization of national health insurance for family planning and reproductive health services by the urban poor in Uttar Pradesh, India," Activity brief. Washington, DC: The Evidence Project, 2015.
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