Can Insurers Improve Healthcare Quality? Brief

November 2010
By Jonathan Bauchet, Aparna Dalal, Parimal Mayasudhakar, Jonathan Morduch, and Ralf Radermacher

Can Insurers Improve Healthcare Quality? Brief
Using three indicators of quality, the authors investigate whether microinsurance can help improve the quality of healthcare provided to poor patients. The three indicators are: structure (material and human resources available to patients at healthcare facilities), process (what steps are followed in giving care to patients) and outcome (the effects of the care on a patient’s health status). The find that health insurance status is not significantly associated with better quality care as measured by the three dimensions of quality.