Houston: The new Indian government is planning to bring about a ‘complete transformation’ of the health sector and is working on the blueprint of the world’s largest universal health insurance programme.
This was announced by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan as he read out a speech by Prime Minister Modi to a gathering of US-based Indian medical professionals in San Antonio, Texas, underscoring the need for all citizens to involve themselves in the national endeavour for “Healthy India”.
“It is my firm belief that our focus needs to go beyond health insurance. The way ahead lies in health assurance. We need to focus on preventive health care where public participation has a major role to play,” the Prime Minister said in his address to delegates at the 32nd annual convention of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) held in San Antonio.
On medical insurance, Harsh Vardhan said that the blueprint of the world’s largest universal health insurance programme is in the process of being sharpened under his personal gaze.
It is partially inspired by US President Barack Obama’s grand insurance-for-all project which is popularly known as “Obamacare”, he said.
“The Prime Minister has authorised me to come up with a brand new policy soon. I need your help to write this all-important document,” the Minister said. [Source]