This chapter explains the necessity of health care for the working poor, especially women. It also provides solutions to address barriers to health care access. India and Thailand, which have very different health care systems, are used as case studies to explore these barriers and to examine the extent to which these are gendered. The chapter is based on research done in collaboration with organizations of informal female workers in both countries: the Self Employed Women’s Association in India and HomeNet Thailand.


Chen, Martha, and Frances Lund. "Overcoming Barriers and Addressing Gender Dimensions in Universal Health Care for Informal Workers: Lessons from India and Thailand." Social Protection for Informal Workers in Asia. Ed. Sri Wening Handayani. Asian Development Bank, 2016.