Finances will never be a problem for new health protection scheme: Nadda

Finances will never be a problem for new health protection scheme: Nadda

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. The government pays the premium of Rs. 500 per family per year under RSBY.

On Friday, Dr. Isaac effectively said that till the full details of the proposed NHPS was unveiled, the State would have to put on hold the comprehensive health coverage package that it meant to launch now. "The Centre will bear 60% of the cost, and 40% will be borne by the states".

Megha Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS) was introduced on December 15, 2012, by the Congress-led state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Mukul Sangma. About 24 states provide some sort of to their residents.

The model is now being worked out by the NITI Aayog and the Health Ministry, Jaitley said, adding the date of implementation would be next financial year beginning April 1 and sometime in the course of the year, it will be worked out.

Flagship National Healthcare protection scheme, to cover 10 crore poor and vulnerable families with approximately 50 crore beneficiaries. This has given rise to speculation that the NHPS will become operational just before Assembly elections of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, scheduled in November.

The Minister thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP national president Amit Shah for focus on healthcare in the Budget.

"This will be the world's largest Government funded health care programme". "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.

The Budget has also allocated Rs 1,200 crore towards Health and Wellness Centres envisioned in the National Health Policy 2017.

Some money is also expected from the enhanced health and education cess. Officials said the NHPS would subsume the RSBY, which was launched in 2008, to provide secondary care to people living below the poverty line.

For the current government health insurance scheme, the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, the premium paid by the government is Rs750 per family per annum, but for NHPS the premium will be around Rs1,000-1,200 per family per annum, which could come down with an open tender process, according to Alok Kumar, an adviser with government think tank NITI Aayog, which played an important part in the structuring of the scheme.

Government further announced doubling of funding to Rs3073 crore for digital technology, artificial intelligence, block chain technology, big data, robotics that would encourage and further spur a growth of the startup ecosystem in the country. This will reduce the out of pocket expenses for the beneficiaries. The scheme will also bring a change in the socio-economic scenario. The Union government has been surrendering funds allocated for the RSBY. This budget is indicative that we are headed in the right direction but need to accelerate our efforts.

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