NaddaThe Central Government will provide Rs 1 lakh annual health insurance coverage to eight crore families of Economically Weaker Section through an Aadhar-linked programme, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda has said.

Beneficiaries from economically weaker families will be given Rs 1 lakh annual health coverage while senior citizens those above 60 years of age in the family will get additional coverage of Rs 30,000. A portal was being prepared for the implementation of the scheme, said Nadda taking part in BJPs foundation day programme in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.

The assistance money will not be given to any individual but to the healthcare institutions for the services rendered. It will help reduce out-of-pocket health expenditure of common man.

He further said, The exercise in this regard has already begun with the instructions given to states to prepare a list of beneficiaries. Centre will provide funds for free diagnostics and drugs. The Centre is also going to grade the hospitals up to the level of Community Health Centres (CHCs).

All the hospitals in the country up to CHC level would be graded in the next six months on the basis of facilities they provide, staff pattern, sanitation facility, waste management protocol and protocol of treatment. Patients would also give feedback of their experience on a common portal.

Meanwhile, to give fillip to the medical education, the Ministry is also working on upgradation of 58 hospitals in the districts which have no medical college, and also planning to set up AIIMS in all the states.

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