Union Health Minister J P Nadda today said the Centre will be providing Rs one lakh annual health insurance coverage to eight crore economically weaker families through an Aadhar-linked programme.
“Beneficiaries from economically weaker families will be given Rs 1 lakh annual health coverage and those above 60 years of age will get Rs 30,000 extra coverage,” he said.
A portal was being prepared for the implementation of the scheme, said Nadda, who was here to take part in BJP’s foundation day programme.
“The money will not be given to individuals but to institutions for the services rendered…. this will help reduce out-of-pocket expenditure of common man.
“Free diagnostics and drugs are provided by Centre, and the states have been asked to prepare a list of beneficiaries and Centre will provide funds for the same,” he added.
The Centre was also going to grade the hospitals up to the level of community health centres, he said.
“In the next six months, all the hospitals in the country up to CHC level will be graded on the basis of facilities they provide, staff pattern, sanitation facility, waste management protocol and protocol of treatment. Patients will give feedback of experience on a portal,” Nadda said.
To give fillip to the medical education, J P Nadda said his ministry was working on upgradation of 58 hospitals in the districts which have no medical college, and also planning to set up AIIMS in all the states.
He also expressed confidence on preparedness to tackle the Zika virus.
“India was one of the first countries to make guidelines, prepare protocol, issue advisories, and train states… we have taken control of the situation, there is no need to panic as we have all facilities in place and we are maintaining constant vigil,” Nadda added.