National health insurance subscription and maternal healthcare utilisation across mothers’ wealth status in Ghana

by Edward Kwabena Ameyaw, Raymond Elikplim Kofinti and Francis Appiah
Health Economics Review, 2017 7:16 – Published: 26 April 2017

15 pp. 475 kB
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This study is against the backdrop that despite the forty-nine percent decline in Maternal Mortality Rate in Ghana, the situation still remains high averaging 319 per 100,000 live births between 2011 and 2015. The authors examined the relationship between National Health Insurance and maternal healthcare utilisation across three main wealth quintiles (Poor, Middle and Rich). They conclude that the study has vindicated the claim that the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is pro-poor in Ghana. The Ministry of Health should target women in the rural area to be enrolled on the NHIS to improve maternal healthcare utilisation since poverty is principally a rural phenomenon in Ghana.

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