Health Insurance and Children in Low- and Middle-income Countries: A Review

Sophie Mitra, Michael Palmer, Shannon Pullaro, Daniel Mont, Nora Groce

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)484-500
Number of pages17
JournalEconomic Record
Issue number302
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes


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