The Effects of Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme on Maternal and Infant Health Care Utilization

by Igna Bonfrer, Lyn Breebaart, Ellen Van de Poel
PLoS ONE 11(11): e0165623 – Published: November 11, 2016

13 pp. 846 kB

The Ghanaian government implemented the National Health Insurance Scheme in 2004 and the aim of this study is to evaluate its early effects on maternal and infant healthcare use. The authors conclude that in the first years of operation, the National Health Insurance Scheme had a modest impact on the use of antenatal and delivery care. This is important for other African countries currently introducing or considering a national health insurance as a means towards universal health coverage.

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