Opinion | Modicare is not enough to reform healthcare
It has laudable goals, but it must be supplemented with accessible, affordable and high-quality primary healthcare
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech was headlined by the announcement of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan, previously Ayushman Bharat. The National Health Protection Mission (NHPM), or “Modicare", will roll out on 25 September. It is expected to provide basic health insurance cover for 100 million families, based on a range of socioeconomic deprivation criteria culled from the Socio-Economic Caste Census 2011 (SECC). The scheme will provide coverage up to ₹ 500,000 per family for secondary and tertiary care and is expected to cost ₹ 11,000 crore per year. This cost will be shared according to a 60-40 formula between the Centre and states.