Insure them and improve their welfare: effect of Hygeia Community Health Insurance on households’ welfare in Kwara State, Nigeria

Authors

  • Raphael BABATUNDE Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
  • Adeyemi OMONIWA Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
  • Oluwafemi OYEDEJI Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14720/aas.2019.113.1.01

Keywords:

Hygeia, health plan, community, welfare and farming, Kwara state, Nigeria

Abstract

The Hygeia Community Health Plan was designed such that agriculture-based households can have access to affordable healthcare services. It is also aimed at providing financial risk protection against catastrophic healthcare costs which if persistent, could possibly drive them into poverty. This paper used a well-structured questionnaire to solicit responses on the effect of the Hygeia Community Health Plan on the welfare of farming households in Kwara State, Nigeria. A two-stage sampling technique was used to sample 175 farming households comprising of 115 beneficiaries and 60 non-beneficiaries from Shonga, Bacita and Lafiagi districts of Edu local government area of Kwara State, Nigeria. The ordinary least square and logit model were used in the analysis of the data for this study. The results of the analysis showed that the Hygeia community health plan was positively and statistically significant in influencing the per capita income, per capita calorie intake and the food security status of farming households in the area. Therefore, it was recommended that the government should create an enabling environment or partner with private insurance organizations. This will help them work out a plan to help rural households in other parts of the country access affordable healthcare services easily. This will help in the attainment of the universal access to health services in Kwara State and country Nigeria at large.

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1. 04. 2019

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BABATUNDE, R., OMONIWA, A., & OYEDEJI, O. (2019). Insure them and improve their welfare: effect of Hygeia Community Health Insurance on households’ welfare in Kwara State, Nigeria. Acta Agriculturae Slovenica, 113(1), 5–12. https://doi.org/10.14720/aas.2019.113.1.01

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