Navigating Health Financing and Insurance Options for Urban Poor in India

by Ramesh Bhat
Health Finance & Governance Project, Abt Associates Inc. August 2017

56 pp. 1.3 MB

The objective of this report is to review the health financing challenge in India by presenting the findings of National Sample Survey Office (NSSO Round 71) data on out-of-pocket (OOP) spending on health. The paper specifically discusses the rural-urban differences in OOP spending and implications thereof. The paper then reviews the government response and landscape of health insurance and presents an opportunity map where health insurance options can be expanded. The paper describes broad strategies to develop a comprehensive health protection response to meet the health protection needs of urban India.

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