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The Impact of the Indonesian Health Card Program: A Matching Estimator Approach

  • Meliyanni Johar

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    (School of Economics, The University of New South Wales)

This study evaluates the effectiveness of a pro-poor nation-wide health card program in Indonesia which provides free basic health care at public health facilities. To quantify the effect of the program, it departs from the traditional regression-based approach in the literature to employ propensity score matching to reduce the selection bias due to non-random health card distribution. The setting of the program and the richness of the data set support this strategy in providing accurate estimates of the program’s effect on its recipients. The result finds that in general the health card program only has limited impact on the consumption of primary health care by its recipients. This finding suggests the presence of other factors that are counteracting the generous demand incentive.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, The University of New South Wales in its series Discussion Papers with number 2007-30.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2007
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Handle: RePEc:swe:wpaper:2007-30
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