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What is National Health Protection scheme ?

Budget 2018 - National Health Protection scheme: Under the scheme, 10 crore families will be provided Rs 5 lakh cover per family annually for treatment. The programme is being touted as the world's largest health protection scheme.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 1, 2018 5:46 pm
Budget 2018: What is National Health Protection scheme ? New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents the Union Budget at Parliament, in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI Photo/ TV Grab)

Presenting the last full Budget of the NDA government, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday announced that the government will launch flagship National Health Protection scheme intended to cover 10 crore poor and vulnerable families and 50 crore beneficiaries. Under the scheme, 10 crore families will be provided Rs 5 lakh cover per family annually for treatment. The programme is being touted as the world’s largest health protection scheme.

Interestingly, Jaitley had announced the scheme in his 2016 Budget speech and was subsequently reiterated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech that year. The proposal is lying with the Union Cabinet since November 2016.

Besides, the Finance Minister stated that the government was slowly but steadily progressing towards the universal health coverage.

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The Budget is being seen as a test for the PM Modi-led government to maintain fiscal discipline without stifling economic growth ahead of general election next year.

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  1. Arnold Samuel
    Feb 15, 2018 at 6:09 pm
    Union Budget 2018: Arun Jaitley Announces National Health Insurance Scheme For 10 Crore Poor Families s: goo.gl/i3STCP
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      Raju Shah
      Feb 2, 2018 at 7:58 am
      Health means pure drinking water, good nourishing food, sanitation etc. etc. also. Government should give priority treatment to those people who are not indulge in vices like smoking, drinking etc. Those who indulge in vices should be charged at least nominally. If these precautions are taken this will be first but giant step towards making India healthy.
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        Raju Shah
        Feb 2, 2018 at 7:50 am
        This is good scheme provided it's implemented properly. If not it has potential to became a scheme that will allow good source of corruption for providers of medical health care (corporates), pharmaceutical companies, beaurocrates, politicians etc. etc. There are many ways of doing this. A family will get treatment worth 5000 rs. and claim may be made 5 to 10 times more. This can also be done by unnecessary treatment. There are many more ways to indulge in corruption but I won't go into detail. Sufficient is to say that auditors, press, ngos, intellectuals, taxpayers, in short society has to be very watchfull, Tax payer's money should not be wasted. Another thing is treatment with the help of yoga should be encouraged. With the help of yoga thousands of people can be kept physically fit. It only require open space and one yoga instructor per few thousand people. Again government has to realise health does not means doctors, medicines, hospitals only.
        1. K
          Feb 2, 2018 at 1:25 pm
          Its nothing else sir just making the path for the money movement, as still nothing is benefited to the tax payer rest all the government employees and the government bodies are only benefited. If government really cares for then just a simple step to improve Indian Economy is they should do a simple exercise just see the track record and also see his whole family Income and property details. from the day he had joint the job. Once the CBI will do this india will be no more poor Regards An India.