Uptake of Health Insurance and the Productive Safety Net Program in Rural Ethiopia

Zemzem Shigute Shuka, Anagaw Mebratie, Robert Sparrow, Z Yilma, G Alemu, Arjun Bedi

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Abstract

Due to lack of well-developed insurance and credit markets, rural families in Ethiopia are exposed to a range of covariate and idiosyncratic risks. In 2005, to deal with the consequences of covariate risks, the government implemented the Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP), and in 2011, to mitigate the financial consequences of ill-health, the government introduced a pilot Community Based Health Insurance (CBHI) Scheme. This paper explores whether scheme uptake and retention is affected by access to the PSNP. Based on household panel data and qualitative information, the analysis shows that participating in the PSNP increases the probability of CBHI uptake by 24 percentage points and enhances scheme retention by 10 percentage points. A large proportion of this effect may be attributed to explicit and implicit pressure applied by government officials on PSNP beneficiaries. Whether this is a desirable approach is debatable. Nevertheless, the results suggest that membership in existing social protection programs may be leveraged to spread new schemes and potentially accelerate poverty reduction efforts
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)133-141
Number of pages9
JournalSocial Science & Medicine
Volume176
Issue numberMarch
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2017

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