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Evaluating the Health Effects of Micro Health Insurance Placement: Evidence from Bangladesh

By S.A. Hamid, J. Roberts and P. Mosley

Abstract

We examine the impact of micro health insurance placement on health awareness, healthcare utilization and health status of microcredit members in rural Bangladesh, using data from 329 households in the operating areas of Grameen Bank. The results are based on econometric analysis conditioned on placement of the scheme, and show that placement has a positive association with all of the outcomes. The results are statistically significant for health awareness and healthcare utilization, but not for heath status. Our study makes an important contribution to the literature as it provides evidence on the impact of MHI on a broad set of health outcomes

Publisher: Department of Economics, University of Sheffield
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:10777

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