Socio-Economic Determinants of Maternal Health Care Payments among Women in India
Keywords:Ante-natal care, Healthcare payments, Maternal health care, Post natal care.
Background: Government of India initiatives through implementation of National Rural Health Mission
(NRHM) and Janani Suraksha Yojna (JSY) programs from early 2005 has shown a considerable impact on
maternal health care utilization in India. Despite the fact that these programs provide the services free of
cost, utilization of maternal health care services is still considered an economic burden on some households.
Keeping this into our mind, the research study analyzes the different level of payments to procure maternal
health care for different socio-economic characteristics in India.
Materials and Methods: This paper has utilized the data collected by the National Sample Survey
Organization (NSSO) during January -June, 2014. It is a cross sectional dataset that provides information on
Social Consumption and Health scenario of the population. To carry out the research, descriptive statistics,
and regression analysis has been used.
Findings and Conclusion: The research reveals that women residing at urban place of residence, higher
educated, affiliated to other social group and belonging to richest wealth index pay high amount for the
maternal healthcare services in India. Indian government need to extend the coverage rendering the services
at affordable costs without any further differentiation on the basis of socio-economic characteristics of
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