Health Insurance and Children in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Review
Economic Record. doi:10.1111/1475-4932.12331
17 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2017
Date Written: April 28, 2017
We conduct the first systematic review of the impact of health insurance on children and their households in low- and middle-income countries where nine-tenths of the world's child population reside. We find only 13 studies for seven countries published between 2000 and 2014 which assess the insurance impacts for children, controlling for self-selection and heterogeneity. Nine out of 10 studies reviewed provide consistent evidence that health insurance provides financial protection. The results are more mixed for health utilisation and health outcomes. Policy-makers would benefit from additional research on whether and how health insurance benefits children.
Keywords: Health insurance, literature review, children, developing countries.
JEL Classification: I13, J13, J15
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