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Health Assurance Plan being Worked Out: Health Minister

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Harsh VardhanSpeaking on the Health Assurance Plan Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that India would have to develop its own plan, rather then copying the American of British models. Dr Vardhan said the Indian Health Assurance Plan would have to be suitable for India. He the idea that everyone gets medical insurance was a good, but details needed to be worked out. He pointed out that the National Health Assurance plan that was a part of the President’s speech was also suported by the Prime Minister. He too supported it, he said, and it was also part of the budget, indirectly. He said the poor would have to be helped by the government in paying the premiums for the healthcare. Further, Dr Harsh Vardhan acknowledged the shortage of doctors, especially in villages. The remedy, he said, lay in utilizing the potential of post graduate students. He said a possible pre-condition to do a sting in rural areas for the students wishing to do post graduation could be possible. He said steps wre being undertaken to conver the medical colleges into super specialty hospitals and districts hospitals into medical colleges. Also more AIIMS as would be created in other parts of the country. In addition, the medical sector would be opened up to more institutions.

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