Nandan Nilkeni to help develop IT infra for healthcare scheme

In a major move to strengthen the recently announced National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS), Former UIDAI Chairman Nandan Nilekani will assist the Government in developing IT infrastructure for the scheme. The said program, seeks to cover 10 crore families with health insurance benefits of upto Rs 5 lakh per family per year.

As one of the biggest projects, NHPS needs to be developed technically sound and more efficient. The Government is seeking to create a model alike Aadhar.

“ We have consulted Nilkeni, we want to build Aadhar like model for National Health Protection Scheme and he agreed to help us,” the official said in a statement. In order to develop a large model, the Government aims to leverage technology to manage and administer the scheme.  

The premium on insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh for every eligible household under the NHPS has been pegged at around Rs 900-1,000 per family annually, lower than the earlier estimate of Rs 1000-1,200.

Under the funding arrangement, the Centre will provide 60 per cent fund, while the remaining money would have to come from respective states.

In case of special category states, the Centre will provide 90 per cent of fund.

In his Budget speech earlier this month, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had provided an initial corpus of Rs 2,000 crore for NHPC which aims to provide a medical cover of up to Rs 5 lakh to over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families, constituting 40 per cent of India’s total population.

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