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EAC-PM brainstorms over world's largest health protection scheme

Press Trust of India/New Delhi 12 Feb 18 | 11:02 PM

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The Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) on Monday discussed possible modalities for implementing the world's largest health protection scheme announced in the Union Budget, said an official release.

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in his Budget Speech on February 1, had announced that the government would launch a flagship 'National Health Protection Scheme' to cover over 10 crore households (about 50 crore people) by providing annual coverage of up to Rs 5 lakh per family for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation.

"Keeping in view the national health scheme announced by the government in the Budget for the year 2018-19 presented in Parliament on February 1, 2018, the EAC-PM discussed the possible modalities of implementing the scheme," said a release.

The mega scheme is likely to be launched either on August 15 or October 2.

It was the 4th EAC-PM meeting, chaired by Bibek Debroy, Member, NITI Aayog.

The release further said that Shamika Ravi, part-time member of the EAC-PM, made a presentation on health reforms.

Another part-time member of the EAC-PM, Ashima Goyal, made presentation on the draft 'The Indian Fiscal - Monetary Framework: Dominance or Coordination?'.

Poonam Gupta, Lead Economist - India, World Bank, made a presentation on 'World Bank Report on Indian Economy'.

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