‘NHPS allocation is grossly inadequate’

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 4 March 2018

Shukla said one of the major drawbacks seen in NHPS is the unaddressed issue of primary healthcare and this leaves out 60 pc of the population.

PUNE: “The National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) is expected to provide health cover of Rs 5 lakh to 50 crore people for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation. The allocation given for this scheme is just Rs 2,000 crore which is grossly inadequate. To implement this scheme, Rs 11,000 crore will be needed out of which 40 per cent is expected to come from the State government, while 60 per cent will come from the Central government,” said Dr Abhay Shukla. He was speaking during a lecture organised by Poona Citizen Doctor Forum (PCDF). 

PCDF is a non-profit registered society which intends to rebuild trust amongst citizens and doctors and promote ethical and rational medical practice. The discussion session was organised on Saturday in collaboration with Jan Swasthya Abhiyan. Shukla said that one of the major drawbacks seen in NHPS is the unaddressed issue of primary healthcare and it only focuses on secondary and tertiary hospitalisation. He said this has left out 60 per cent of the population i.e. 80 crore people.

“In the past, it has been seen that health schemes have failed their purpose mainly because those expected to benefit from them were never provided the right information about the schemes and they were not literate enough to raise voices against any issues faced by them,” said Dr Shukla. He added that including the middle class would help add accountability, which NHPS fails to do.

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