Health Care

Nadda terms health protection scheme as NaMocare

Nadda terms health protection scheme as NaMocare

On a related note, Finance Minister Jaitley in his Budget speech on Thursday announced that a sum of upto Rs 5,00,000 will be provided to 10 crore poor families in India per year, which is expected to reach around 50 crore beneficiaries, and will be used for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation. Sources indicated that even if around Rs 5,000 crore is realised in the first year then additional funds will be needed in future to run the scheme. More than 5,000 people have so far undergone organ transplant and stem cell or bone marrow transplant with the help of the scheme, he said.

He termed the scheme as a "revolutionary" step and said money will never be a problem.

Andhra Pradesh's existing Aarogya Raksha scheme now covers 1,044 diseases for which protected households could seek treatment in any of 400 government and state-empanelled hospitals across the state. Obviously, it will involve various state hospitals and select private hospitals. However, the Niti Aayog has recommended the trust mode over the insurance company mode.

The Health Minister also said that district hospitals will be upgraded as medical colleges and the government had identified blocks where district hospitals would be converted to medical colleges. The NHPS aims to reduce common man's out of pocket expenditure for secondary and tertiary treatment, which is now around 60 percent.

The government has not yet made any allocations for the scheme. "It would be like flagship insurance scheme like PMJJY (Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana) or PMSBY (Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana) which is linked to the account". It is not only health insurance.

The Government will give Rs 1,200 crore for the National Health Policy.

Several beneficiaries of the decade-old state chief minister's health insurance scheme in Tamil Nadu will get a ₹3lakh increase in the cover from the existing ₹2lakh.

For 2018-19, the Government has made an initial provision of Rs.2,000 crore and an extra Rs.800 crore is expected from the States, when they join the scheme.

Aimed at enhancing the facilities at all healthcare institutions, Rs 69 crore has been earmarked for establishing Cath Labs, ICU, dialysis units, blood banks, dental units, emergency care centres, super speciality facilities and maternity units in important hospitals.

"There will be no ceiling on family size", said Preeti Sudan, Union health secretary. The government is seriously concerned about such impoverishment of poor and vulnerable families.

"Not just this health scheme, we have one of the best Intensive Care Units in government Ganesh Das hospital and Tura hospital".

Adding to this, he also stated, there is no programme as inclusive as ours. Lakhs of families in India have to borrow or sell assets to receive indoor treatment in hospitals, he said, emphasising that his Government is seriously concerned about such poor and vulnerable families. "At the sub-centre level, we were till now taking care of only the mother and child component but more components have been added", Nadda said.