Evaluation of Rajiv Aarogyasri Health Insurance Scheme in Andrha Pradesh, India

In 2007, out-of-pocket expenditures accounted for 90% of total private expenditure on healthcare in India. The cost of coping with serious disease can be ruinous for families living below the poverty line. The Rajiv Aarogyasri Health Insurance Scheme was established in Andrha Pradesh to mitigate catastrophic healthcare expenses for enrolled families, and to ensure that the target population has access to quality health services for serious illnesses.
Aarogyasri currently covers more than 80% of the population of Andrha Pradesh. As one of the first schemes of its kind at this scale, Aarogyasri has generated national and international interest. A detailed evaluation is critical not only to keep improving the scheme, but also to ensure that the lessons learned from it benefit other states and countries.
The Aarogyasri Trust Board has therefore asked a consortium of institutions to evaluate the scheme and consider its potential role in prevention and primary healthcare. This project is a response to that request. The evaluation will also establish a baseline for future evaluations, identify areas for further research, and build capacity for research, evaluation and evidence-based policymaking in India.

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Start Date

Thursday, November 10, 2011

End Date

Thursday, May 30, 2013


20 months

IDRC Officer

Ingabire, Marie-Gloriose

Total funding

CA$ 327,700


India, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Mala Rao


Administrative Staff College of India

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