Utilization of National Health Insurance for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services by the Urban Poor in Uttar Pradesh, India

In 2008, the Government of India launched the National Health Insurance program, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), to enable families living below the poverty line in urban and rural areas to access a range of private health services. Enrolled families can avail pre-specified packages of services from RSBY participating private hospitals, including for family planning (FP) and other reproductive health (RH) services (see other side).

Despite the availability of insurance coverage, poor families’ utilization of RSBY for FP/RH services is believed to be negligible.