Incidence and correlates of ‘catastrophic’ maternal health care expenditure in India
Author(s)/Editor(s): Sekhar Bonu, Indu Bhushan, Manju Rani and Ian Anderson
Publisher/Organizer: Health Policy and Planning
Publication date: August 2009
Using data from the 60th round of the National Sample Survey of India (2004), the study investigates the incidence and correlates of ‘catastrophic’ maternal expenditure (ME) in India. Data on ME come from 6879 births that took place during 365 days prior to the survey. The study adapts earlier definitions and methods for catastrophic total health care expenditure to measure ‘catastrophic’ ME as: (i) maternal health care expenditure more than 10% of the annual normative household consumption expenditure (ME-1), and (ii) maternal health care expenditure more than 40% of the annual ‘capacity to pay’ (ME-2). The ‘capacity to pay’ was derived by subtracting state-wise poverty-line household expenditure from household consumption expenditure.