Universal Health Insurance Scheme India
At present India has Health Insurance scheme Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY), for people living below poverty line.
- The RSBM is restricted to the poor and for certain select groups.
Now, India may get a universal health insurance scheme, to be partially funded by the government, which would allow those registered under it to avail healthcare facilities in both public sector and privately-run hospitals.
As per a statement of Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman of the Planning Commission, having a universal health insurance to cover all citizens is one of the ideas the government is working on. The modalities are being discussed.
- The expenditure on health is likely to be increased to 2-3% of the GDP in the 12th Five Year Plan to fund various schemes and speed up infrastructure development.
At present, public spending on health is less than 1% of the GDP, which is among the lowest in the world. He stressed the need for public-private partnership (PPP) to augment affordable healthcare.