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Social health insurance improves women’s healthcare use: Evidence from Indonesia

Shanika Samarakoon and Rasyad Parinduri ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: To improve the poor’s access to healthcare services, the Indonesian government introduced Askeskin, a subsidized social health insurance for the poor. We examine the effects of this social health insurance on women’s use of healthcare—maternal, preventive, and curative healthcare—services. Using propensity- score- and difference-in-differences matching strategies, we find the insurance increases the use of public facilities for maternal healthcare, discourages the use of midwives’ services, and increases the use of contraception; it does not seem to increase the use of preventive and curative care, however.

Keywords: Social health Insurance; maternal healthcare; women’s preventive and curative healthcare; Indonesia; South East Asia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I11 I12 I13 I15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hea, nep-ias and nep-sea
Date: 2015-01
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