Vouchers: A Hot Ticket for Reaching the Poor and Other Special Groups With Voluntary Family Planning Services

Glob Health Sci Pract. 2016 Sep 29;4(3):384-93. doi: 10.9745/GHSP-D-16-00084. Print 2016 Sep 28.


Vouchers can be a highly effective tool to increase access to and use of family planning and reproductive health services, especially for special populations including the poor, youth, and postpartum women. Voucher programs need to include social and behavior change communication with clients and quality assurance for providers, whether in the private or public sector. In the longer term, voucher programs can strengthen health systems capacity and provide a pathway to strategic purchasing such as insurance or contracting.

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Services / economics*
  • Community Health Services / organization & administration
  • Developing Countries
  • Family Planning Services / economics*
  • Family Planning Services / organization & administration
  • Female
  • Health Education
  • Health Services Accessibility / economics
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Maternal Health Services / economics*
  • Maternal Health Services / organization & administration
  • Poverty
  • Reproductive Health / economics
  • Social Welfare / economics*
  • Social Welfare / statistics & numerical data