Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/150533
Authors: 
Rashad, Ahmed Shoukry
Sharaf, Mesbah Fathy
Mansour, Elhussien I.
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management 223
Abstract: 
We assess the impact of health insurance on the utilization of maternal health care services in Egypt. A propensity score matching is used to control for baseline differences in the characteristics of the insured and uninsured women, to determine the difference in health care utilization between the two groups that is attributed solely to the health insurance coverage. The results yield that the national health insurance has a strong positive impact on most of the maternal healthcare indicators. Public health insurance coverage increases the likelihood of receiving antenatal care by about 7%, delivering in a public health facility by 8%, and the likelihood that a newborn receive vitamin A dose after delivery by 8.2%. However, women who are less educated, from a poor household, and rural regions, are less likely to be covered by a health insurance. The findings of this study would guide intervention measures that aim at improving health care utilization especially among the poor and other vulnerable groups.
Subjects: 
maternal care utilization
health insurance
propensity score matching
Egypt
JEL: 
I14
I15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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