Quality healthcare and health insurance retention: Evidence from a randomized experiment in the Kolkata Slums

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dc.contributor.author Delavallade, Clara
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-09T10:32:10Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-09T10:32:10Z
dc.date.issued 2015-04
dc.identifier.citation Delavallade, C., (2015). Quality Healthcare and Health Insurance Retention: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in the Kolkata Slums. A Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit Working Paper Number 143. Cape Town: SALDRU, University of Cape Town
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-928281-04-7
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/776
dc.description Clara Delavallade is an Associate Professor in the School of Economics at UCT, a Research Associate of SALDRU and a Research Fellow at IFPRI, c.delavallade@cgiar.org en_US
dc.description.abstract Health care in developing countries is often unreliable and of poor quality, reducing incentives to use quality health services. Using data from a field experiment in India, I show that providing initial quality care improves the demand for quality health care by raising intended health insurance renewal and subsequent use of quality services. Randomly offering insurance policyholders a free consultation with a qualified doctor has a twofold effect: receiving this additional benefit raises willingness to pay to renew health insurance by 56 percent, exposed individuals are 11 percentage points more likely to consult a qualified practitioner when ill after the consultation. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This project was supported by grants from the International Labour Organization, the Center for Insurance and Risk Management at the Institute for Financial Management and Research, and the University of Cape Town. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries SALDRU Working Paper;143
dc.subject Access to and demand for quality healthcare en_US
dc.subject Micro health insurance retention en_US
dc.subject Willingness to pay en_US
dc.subject Trust en_US
dc.subject Poverty en_US
dc.subject India en_US
dc.title Quality healthcare and health insurance retention: Evidence from a randomized experiment in the Kolkata Slums en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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