21 April, 2021

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

For The People
A Modicare pilot project in Chhattisgarh
Photograph by Jitender Gupta
Modicare Doesn't Address Glaring Concerns Of Past Healthcare Plans

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


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...

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