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"The target group is 10 crore families".

"Finance has never been a problem, finance will never be a problem", Nadda said.

The biggest advantage of the health insurance scheme in the state, according to joint director of public health Dr T S Selvavinayagam, is that the the government has been able to keep cost of treatment under control even in the absence of a Clinical Establishments Act. In his Budget for 2018-19, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had provided an initial corpus of Rs 2,000 crore for the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPC) that aims to provide medical cover of up to Rs 5 lakh to over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families, constituting 40 percent of India's total population. This will include Secondary and Tertiary Care. The health ministry is working towards of preparing a draft concept note describing the reliefs of the scheme for clearance by Union Cabinet. Once rolled out, it will hasten India's progress towards achieving universal health coverage for all. Jaitley said his Government has made a decision to take health protection to a "more aspirational level" and observed that several State Governments have also implemented or supplemented health protection schemes with varying coverage plans. Will help to reduce the disease load of TB. Countries that score high on healthcare metrics have made significant investment in healthcare technology that enable healthcare practitioners to make evidence based clinical decisions, which in turn lowers mortality and healthcare costs.

The officials said the tasks of aligning the multiple state-run health-care protection plans with the national scheme, drawing up lists of health-care packages and their prices, and empanelling hospitals under the scheme are expected to take at least three to six months.

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The National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) will provide 100 million families with medical coverage of up to Rs 5 lakh per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation. However, two years later, the Congressional Budget Office came out with an estimated cost of $1.76 trillion. The Chief Minister of Meghalaya taking a jibe on the announcement thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for replicating Meghalaya Congress Health Scheme that brings transformation in Health Sector. In the last decade, we have watched our neighbor, China, successfully expand its UHC from a negligible number to 900 million citizens (95% coverage).

'Families will no longer crumble under medicare burden'. Arun Jaitley in his budget speech said 50 crore people would benefit from the scheme.

The additional Rs 11,000 raised from increasing the education and health cess from 3 per cent to a 4 per cent will be also used to fund NHPS. India does need to step up healthcare, on which state funding is an abysmal 1% of GDP at present. For us to further strengthen our health systems and provide affordable and accessible care to all, the healthcare budget needs a larger portion of the pie.

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