Innovative approaches to reducing financial barriers to obstetric care in low-income countries

Fabienne Richard, Sophie Witter, Vincent De Brouwere

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Abstract

Lack of access to quality care is the main obstacle to reducing maternal mortality in low-income countries. In many settings, women must pay out-of-pocket fees, resulting in delays, some of them fatal, and catastrophic expenditure that push households into poverty.

Various innovative approaches have targeted the poor or exempted specific services, such as cesarean deliveries. We analyzed 8 case studies to better understand current experiments in reducing financial barriers to maternal care.

Although service utilization increased in most of the settings, concerns remain about quality of care, equity between rich and poor patients and between urban and rural residents, and financial sustainability to support these new strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1845-1852
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume100
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

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