India allocated 100 billion rupees for ‘Modicare’ health insurance says J.P. Nadda

Vastavam web: India has allocated 100 billion rupees ($1.54 billion) for its ambitious health programme aimed at providing insurance cover for about half the population, Health Minister J.P. Nadda said on Thursday, labelling it the largest such scheme in the world.India has allocated 100 billion rupees ($1.54 billion) for its ambitious health programme aimed at providing insurance cover for about half the population, Health Minister J.P. Nadda said on Thursday, labelling it the largest such scheme in the world.

Health Ministry officials said the government has allocated 100 billion rupees ($1.54 billion) for the “National Health Protection Mission” for 2018/19 and 2019/20.“It’s a historic step and a bold decision. It will be the largest public funded health protection scheme in the world,” Nadda said at a news briefing.

The measures are Modi’s latest attempt to reform a public health system that faces a shortage of hospitals and doctors. The government has also in recent years capped prices of critical drugs and medical devices and increased health funding.“This will give underprivileged families the financial support required when faced with illnesses requiring hospitalization,” Nadda said.