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Prenatal Care Incentives in Europe

Citation

McQuide, Pamela A.; Delvaux, Thérèse; Buekens, Pierre; & The Study Group on Barriers and Incentives to Prenatal Care in Europe (1998). Prenatal Care Incentives in Europe. Journal of Public Health Policy, 19(3), 331-49.

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to identify prenatal care incentives and benefits in 17 European countries. All participating countries completed a questionnaire on their prenatal care delivery system, incentives and benefits. Results were analyzed according to their direct or indirect relationship with prenatal care attendance. Direct incentives require a prenatal care visit to be eligible for the benefit. Indirect incentives support the pregnant woman but do not require a prenatal care visit to be eligible for the benefit. All 17 countries offer direct incentives, such as paid maternity leave. In 9 countries, pregnant women receive direct financial incentives. Eleven countries offer indirect incentives, such as transportation benefits. Prenatal care incentives such as financial benefits and social supports are widespread in Europe. The combination of incentives superimposed upon an inclusive health care system create a supportive environment which encourages prenatal care attendance.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3343540

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Journal of Public Health Policy

Author(s)

McQuide, Pamela A.
Delvaux, Thérèse
Buekens, Pierre
The Study Group on Barriers and Incentives to Prenatal Care in Europe

Year Published

1998

Volume Number

19

Issue Number

3

Pages

331-49

Reference ID

1155