A meeting of Legislature-Parliament has passed the bill related to providing health services through insurance to all the citizens. The Health Insurance scheme comes in accordance with Article 296 (1) of the Constitution.
The Health Insurance Act is deemed necessary to make the expenditure of health sector useful by reducing the financial risk of insurance policy holders through post-paid system.
It is expected that the health insurance would end the huge financial burden on ordinary people while using health services.
There is also provision in the bill which says that the government would bear the premium for poor people, completely differently abled, single woman, senior citizens and orphan children.
Families of those going for overseas employment, civil servants, and those working in informal sector have been mandatorily affiliated in the insurance.
The people would get free basic health services from primary health institutions once the health insurance act is implemented. The act would also incorporate other specialized health services.
Health Minister Giriraj Mani Pokharel said that it is a great achievement in the health sector while former Health Minister Gagan Kumar Thapa said that health insurance bill was indispensible to address the health rights of people guaranteed in the Constitution.