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Has access to health insurance through the Indonesian social security system improved peoples understanding of health issues? Evidence from a national survey

Muhammad Indra Kurniawan
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Muhammad Indra Kurniawan: Monash University

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Abstract: This essay studies the national health insurance system’s impacts on health awareness in Indonesia. I estimate the effects of the insurance enrolment on health knowledge and health behaviour changes after the launch of compulsory social health insurance. Individuals who are less aware of their health may contribute to moral hazard in health insurance. I apply the difference-in-differences method to compare treatment and control groups and the before-after period of the intervention in 2014. Data from the Indonesia Demographic and Health Survey is utilised in this study. Results indicate that social health insurance is negatively correlated with the propensity of knowing certain diseases and contraceptive methods. The scheme adversely affects individuals’ smoking behaviour. Therefore, improving promotive and preventive programs throughout the insurance’s benefits is essential.

Keywords: National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS); Health behaviour; Insured and uninsured; Indonesia JEL Classification: H51; I12; I13; I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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