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Radhika Jain is currently an Asia Health Policy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University. She completed her doctorate in the Department of Global Health at Harvard University in May 2019. Her research focusses on the role of the private sector in the health system, frictions in healthcare markets, the extent to which public health policies serve the needs of target populations (women in particular), and health policy design in lower-income countries. Her doctoral dissertation examines the extent to which government subsidies for healthcare are captured by private hospitals, and whether accountability measures can help patients claim their entitlements in the context of a government-funded health insurance programme that aims to provide free care to 46 million people in Rajasthan, India. In other work, she documents that women are substantially less likely to utilise hospital care than men despite the rapid expansion of health insurance. Building on these findings, she is starting new work to study interventions to encourage households to utilise health benefits for women and girls, and to increase hospital compliance within health insurance, ensuring that programmes benefit patients.
Her research has been supported by grants from Harvard University, the Weiss Family Fund, and the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL). She has held a doctoral fellowship at the Center for Global Development. Previously, she worked on impact evaluations of health programmes in India, and on the implementation of HIV programmes across several countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Posts by Radhika Jain
India’s 10-week long national lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19 was among the most severe in the world. This article investigates the effects of the lockdown restrictions on healthcare acce...