The governement of Himachal Pradesh has taken first step to provide universal health coverage to its people. Honorable Chief Minister Mr. Virbhadra Singh has announced the new scheme “Himachal Pradesh Universal Health Protection Scheme” in his budget speech 2016-17 on March 8th 2016.
The Scheme will cover the all persons who are not enrolled under RSBY, Mukhya Mantri State Health Care Scheme or any other medical reimbursement schemes. The scheme is launched in order to improve the accessibility and affordability to health care services to people the the State. The beneficiaries will require to pay Rs. 1 per day i.e. Rs. 365 per annum for their health protection.
Benefits of UNIVERSAL HEALTH PROTECTION SCHEME
- The scheme will provide Rs. 30000/- health protection under Basic package
- And Rs. 1, 75, 000/- under Critical Care package.
- Rs. 50, 000 Top up for cancer cases
Smart Card of UHPS
The scheme is completely IT and smart card based. One card per family will be issued. If family members are more than 5 then 2 smart card will be given to the families. However the premium payable per family will remain Rs. 365 per year.
With this Himachal Pradesh will become one of the first State to provide universal health protection to its residents. A revolution in the health care by the small hilly State will become an example for others.