Presentation Title

Analysis of Access to Western Medicine and Insurance System of Women in Rajasthan, India.

Presenter Information

Estela DelgadoFollow

Faculty Mentor

De. Lia Roberts

Start Date

23-11-2019 8:45 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 9:30 AM

Location

186

Session

poster 2

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

health_nutrition_clinical_science

Abstract

India has a National Health Insurance System that guarantees health for everyone. However, the scope of service is too small that doesn’t cover everyone, especially those in rural areas. Studies have shown that only 25% of the country’s population has access to the National Health Program. Even among those with access, other health care barriers, such as extra costs, out of pocket prescriptions, and limited access to follow up services. Women in Indian villages are in an even more a vulnerable situation, owing to a deficiency in access to information, lack of access to western medicine, and the inefficiency of the insurance system to prevent and treat diseases requiring specialist care and consistent follow-up. This study analyzes the access of women in rural Indian villages to western medicine, comprehensive insurance and adequate health information in the state of Rajasthan and the effects this access has on health outcomes. To answer this question, we collected 137 in- depth interviews among women in villages around Udaipur, Rajasthan in May 2019. The findings show that most women report their health as fair/good; some women were reluctant to talk about health conditions; most nonetheless indicted considerable travel time to receive services; and those receiving care relied on low- or no- cost providers for care owing to lack of insurances.

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Analysis of Access to Western Medicine and Insurance System of Women in Rajasthan, India.

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India has a National Health Insurance System that guarantees health for everyone. However, the scope of service is too small that doesn’t cover everyone, especially those in rural areas. Studies have shown that only 25% of the country’s population has access to the National Health Program. Even among those with access, other health care barriers, such as extra costs, out of pocket prescriptions, and limited access to follow up services. Women in Indian villages are in an even more a vulnerable situation, owing to a deficiency in access to information, lack of access to western medicine, and the inefficiency of the insurance system to prevent and treat diseases requiring specialist care and consistent follow-up. This study analyzes the access of women in rural Indian villages to western medicine, comprehensive insurance and adequate health information in the state of Rajasthan and the effects this access has on health outcomes. To answer this question, we collected 137 in- depth interviews among women in villages around Udaipur, Rajasthan in May 2019. The findings show that most women report their health as fair/good; some women were reluctant to talk about health conditions; most nonetheless indicted considerable travel time to receive services; and those receiving care relied on low- or no- cost providers for care owing to lack of insurances.