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Modicare Doesn't Address Glaring Concerns Of Past Healthcare Plans

Modicare ambitiously plans healthcare for the poor, but doesn’t address the glaring concerns of past efforts

Modicare Doesn't Address Glaring Concerns Of Past Healthcare Plans
For The People | Photograph by Jitender Gupta
Modicare Doesn't Address Glaring Concerns Of Past Healthcare Plans
outlookindia.com
2018-08-03T14:25:51+05:30

A Fillip For Healthcare

  • Rs 5 lakh health insurance cover for 10.47 crore families
  • Secondary & tertiary hospital care for 40 per cent of the population
  • Government and private hospitals to be empanelled
  • Pre-fixed procedure rates to protect poor
  • PMO keen on below Rs 1,000 premium

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This Independence Day, the gov­­ernment promises delivera­nce from one of the biggest pro­­blems plaguing India’s poor: money to pay their medical bills. But many say the date to roll out Modicare—the catchier alias for Ayus­hman Bharat Mission, or National Health Protection Scheme—is chosen carefully to calibrate it with next year’s national elections. The signature initiative can be purposed to woo a large catchment of voters, many of whom struggle with rising medical costs and a crumbling public healthcare system.

The programme was announced in the Union Budget of 2018-19 to provide about 500 million people, mostly the poor living in the countryside, with hea­lth cover of Rs 5 lakh a year for free treatment of serious illnesses. The Nar­endra Modi government vowed to make healthcare affordable. Applause follo­wed, as did criticism. The questions res­urfaced days before the formal lau­nch of Ayushman Bharat, which loosely means “an India blessed with a long life”.

Is this not a repurposed second inni­ngs of the UPA-era Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) that sought to pro­vide free healthcare to families ‘below the poverty line’, or BPL, through a network of emp­anelled hospitals, mostly in small towns? The RSBY had an insurance cover of Rs 30,000 and pre-fixed rates for various procedures. But it got...

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