Nadda terms health protection scheme as NaMocare

Nadda terms health protection scheme as NaMocare

Ronald Pratt
February 3, 2018

The Modi government has taken several decisions to bring down the cost of healthcare and to make it more accessible to millions of Indians, even as sensational cases of high medical costs, coupled with deaths caused by negligence, have rocked the country.

All the poor people identified by the the Socio Economic and Caste Census 2011 will be eligible for the scheme, Kumar said, adding that it will be linked to Aadhar but will not be a mandatory condition for availing the benefit. "Such systems will ensure equity by judicious referral system to secondary and tertiary care" KPMG India's Nilaya Varma said. "It's not on reimbursement model because too many complaints come on the reimbursement model".

The scheme, which will replace the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), is expected to significantly increase healthcare facitilies, particularly those in smaller towns and villages. "Adequate funds will be provided for smooth implementation of this programme", Jaitley added. This would be a very simple appraoch.

Further, schemes such as the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, a government-backed life insurance scheme, and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, a government-backed accident insurance scheme, will. Further, private health insurance expenditure was Rs 177.55 billion (Rs 17,755 crore), or 3.7 per cent of total health expenditure, for the year 2014-15.

SJM co-convenor Ashwani Mahajan in a statement said "foreign insurance companies should not be engaged so that valuable resources of the country are retained in India only".

The scheme will cover about 2.43 crore families in the state. "The latter requires access to advance healthcare technology for best health management of patients", Chairman and Director General of MTaI Pavan Choudary said. "For this Rs 2,000 crore has been kept for it as of now".

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"We are slowly progressing towards universal health coverage", Mr. Jaitley said in his speech. The government is seriously concerned about such impoverishment of poor and vulnerable families.

"The government should have looked at incentivising import of advance medical devices into the country by bringing down the customs duty".

Modicare, which shares its blueprint with the Affordable Care Act that was championed by Barack Obama in the United States, will provide a shot in the arm for the healthcare sector, increasing the insurance cover per family by over 1500% from Rs.30,000 under the extant RSBY, to Rs.5 lakh.

The government will implement the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) from October 2, the birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. The central and state governments split expenditure in any healthcare programme in a 60:40 ratio.

As announced by the FM Jaitley, the "Modicare" will provide a health insurance of Rs 5 lakh per family which means that about 10 crore families will be benefitted from this scheme.

"The building of health and wellness centres will be the best building in the village and it will also provide yoga and physiotherapy facilities", he said. People in tribal areas are afraid to seek medical treatment.