The finance minister advocated that the central and the state government can pool in resources for healthcare to achieve efficiency. I would want that you praise it.
Chidambaram yesterday said that the promise of Rs 5 lakh per family for secondary and tertiary healthcare was a "big jumla".
In first and second phase, the government provided insurance coverage of Rs. 1,60,000 to each enrolled beneficiary family for an enrollment fee of Rs. 31 per annum.
He futher said that Ayushman Bharat scheme will be paperless, cashless and portable countrywide and ensure One India, One Treatment.
The union health minister JP Nadda said, "Around ₹2,000 crore has been allocated for the scheme, but eventually, the states will have to implement it with help from the Centre".
"Namocare" deals with primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare "comprehensively", and the government is committed to rolling it out, the minister said.
Disclosing details about the mega healthcare scheme announced in the Budget, the government on Friday said this will be jointly executed by the Centre and states and will incur a total cost of up to Rs 10,000 crore in the first year. Every aspect of the scheme "has been calculated". We have made it slow but steady progress in the healthcare sector.
"It's not only an insurance. We look forward to partnering with the government in implementing these transformative programmes in India". The scheme will also bring a change in the socio-economic scenario. The NHPS aims to reduce common man's out of pocket expenditure for secondary and tertiary treatment, which is now around 60 percent.
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. During his Budget speech, he announced a health scheme for the poor families of the nation. "The finance minister has provided Rs 20 billion for the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) and we are also expecting to get funds from the health and education cess", he said. And two, the National Health Protection Scheme - with an aim of reaching to about 10 crore poor and vulnerable families, the government plans to reach out to approximately 50 crore beneficiaries, providing up to Rs 5 lakh health insurance cover per family per year.
"Under that programme, there were only four crore beneficiaries, whose number has been enhanced now".
The National Health Protection Scheme is now announced as the world's largest government-funded health care programme. "These centres will provide comprehensive health care, including for noncommunicable diseases and maternal and child health services". This would go towards 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres to bring health care closer to the homes of people.
The RSS-affiliated Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) has cautioned the government against engaging foreign insurance companies for providing health cover to the poor under a flagship programme announced in the Union budget. Government also will work on upgrading district hospitals to medical colleges - However, challenges of retaining the doctors and stopping brain drain also needs to be addressed, otherwise in spite of increasing the medical colleges the doctor to patient ratio will remain the same. Thus, only 60% of the funding shall come from the centre which is estimated at Rs 6000 crore for the premium amount of Rs 1000 per family, according to Niti Aayog. "This will cost an additional Rs 1070 crore", a source told Business Today.