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Impact of free delivery care on health facility delivery and insurance coverage in Ghana's Brong Ahafo Region.

Dzakpasu, S; Soremekun, S; Manu, A; Ten Asbroek, G; Tawiah, C; Hurt, L; Fenty, J; ... Kirkwood, BR; + view all (2012) Impact of free delivery care on health facility delivery and insurance coverage in Ghana's Brong Ahafo Region. PLoS One , 7 (11) , Article e49430. 10.1371/journal.pone.0049430. Green open access

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Abstract

Many sub-Saharan countries, including Ghana, have introduced policies to provide free medical care to pregnant women. The impact of these policies, particularly on access to health services among the poor, has not been evaluated using rigorous methods, and so the empirical basis for defending these policies is weak. In Ghana, a recent report also cast doubt on the current mechanism of delivering free care--the National Health Insurance Scheme. Longitudinal surveillance data from two randomized controlled trials conducted in the Brong Ahafo Region provided a unique opportunity to assess the impact of Ghana's policies.

Type: Article
Title: Impact of free delivery care on health facility delivery and insurance coverage in Ghana's Brong Ahafo Region.
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0049430
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0049430
Language: English
Additional information: © 2012 Dzakpasu et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. This study used data collected for the ObaapaVitA and Newhints RCTs. The ObaapaVitA trial was a project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for the benefit of developing countries. The Newhints trial was funded by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Saving Newborn Lives/Save the Children USA with support from DFID for the surveillance system. The funders of these trials had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of this manuscript.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1378615
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