The government of India has announced unprecedented COVID coverage for its citizens.
The National Health Policy, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 26, 2017, will cover more than 1.6 million citizens across all states and territories of India.
It will also cover those with chronic conditions, which are now being treated at public hospitals across the country.
The plan will come into effect from September, 2019.
The government has already taken steps to cover the country’s 1.3 billion people in the first phase.
The new policy covers those who are at least 60 years old, have primary and secondary care and have not been registered with any private insurer.
For those over 65, the government has set a ceiling of Rs 500,000 per annum for coverage.
This policy will also be applicable to those aged under 65, but not those over 50.”COVID-20 is an epidemic that is expected to worsen in the coming months,” said Dr K.V. Rajasekharan, secretary, Centre for Health Policy and Services.
“We expect to see the total number of new infections to rise in the next few months.
If this trend continues, there is a risk that this will be the highest number of infections for the year and the longest period of COVID in the history of the country,” Dr Rajasebansaid.
The Government of India is aiming at achieving COVID universal coverage by the end of 2022.