An Implementation Research Approach to Evaluating Health Insurance Programs: Insights from India

by Krishna D. Rao, Srikant Nagulapalli, Radhika Arora et al.
Int J Health Policy Manag, Article 2, Vol. 5, Issue 5, May 2016, pp. 295-299

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One of the distinguishing features of implementation research is the importance given to involve implementers in all aspects of research, and as users of research. The authors report on a recent implementation research effort in India, in which researchers worked together with program implementers from one of the longest serving government funded insurance schemes in India, the Rajiv Aarogyasri Scheme (RAS) in the state of undivided Andhra Pradesh, that covers around 70 million people. This paper aims to both inform on the process of the collaborative research, as well as, how the nature of questions that emerged out of the collaborative exercise differed in scope from those typically asked of insurance program evaluations.

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