Journal article

Prevalence of hysterectomy among rural and urban women with and without health insurance in Gujarat, India

Sapna Desai, Tara Sinha, Ajay Mahal

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH MATTERS | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2011

Abstract

This paper presents findings on hysterectomy prevalence from a 2010 cross-sectional household survey of 2,214 rural and 1,641 urban, insured and uninsured women in low-income households in Ahmedabad city and district in Gujarat, India. The study investigated why hysterectomy was a leading reason for use of health insurance by women insured by SEWA, a women's organisation that operates a community-based health insurance scheme. Of insured women, 9.8% of rural women and 5.3% of urban women had had a hysterectomy, compared to 7.2% and 4.0%, respectively, of uninsured women. Approximately one-third of all hysterectomies were in women younger than 35 years of age. Rural women used the private sec..

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