In 2003, in an effort to improve maternal health and survival, the
government of Ghana implemented a new policy that removed delivery fees
in health facilities in the four most-deprived regions of the country.
The government hoped more births would take place in facilities and in
the hands of skilled providers, rather than at home with less skilled or
no help. Less than two years later, the government extended the policy
to the rest of Ghana, removing delivery fees in all public, private, and
Immpact evaluated how the delivery-fee-exemption policy affected
utilisation and quality of services, and maternal health and survival.
Studies were carried out in the Central and Volta regions to examine the
implementation of the policy; assess whether the removal of delivery
fees led to more deliveries in health facilities; evaluate the
consequences of the policy on health care and health outcomes; and
quantify the effects on costs of removing delivery fees to households
and the health system.
Immpact Evaluating Removal of Delivery Fees in Ghana. Removing financial barriers helps the poorest women access needed obstetric care. University of Aberdeen, UK (2007) 2 pp.
Evaluating Removal of Delivery Fees in Ghana. Removing financial barriers helps the poorest women access needed obstetric care.