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Govt to take district hospitals to medical college level: Kant

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government is looking at taking district hospitals to the level of medical colleges, a move that will help address the issue of shortage of doctors, especially in rural areas, said today.

Besides, he said, needs a very good primary system and about 1.5 lakh such centres are being set up across the country to address the issue.

Kant said the country has a huge shortage of doctors across rural areas for which the government is considering taking the district hospitals to the level of medical colleges.

"We are brining in institutional changes to the Medical Council of so that we can have a vast number of doctors in the country. In the entire rural sector there is a major shortage of doctors, so we are pushing for that," he added.

In the Union Budget 2018-19, the government has focused on two things -- one that there has to be a very good primary healthcare, for which 1.5 (centres) are being set up across the country, he said.

"Secondly, we are rolling out a major initiative as the budget has announced on the side that will provide support to 10 crore families -- almost 50 crore people for an up to Rs 5 lakh," Kant said talking about the National Protection Scheme (NHPS).

Proposed in the Budget, presented to Parliament this month, NHPS aims to cover about 40 per cent of the country's population.

Speaking at the launch of a product of Max Insurance here, Kant said a lot of homework has already been done on this front to roll-out this service.

Talking about the 'GoActive' plan unveiled by Max Insurance, he said it is the need of the hour in for as out of pocket expenses for medical care are very-very high.

Max said GoActive is a one-stop solution that will take care of the of the customers with its inpatient hospitalisation, on-the-go access to OPD, diagnostics, personalised health coaching, second medical opinion and among others.

The company has tied up with three health-tech providers GOQii, and 1mg to bring this policy on the digital platform.

"Over 60 per cent of in the country are still out of pocket and self-funded by customers. Our aim with the GoActive plan is to bridge the gap and bring more people into the ambit of health insurance," said Ashish Mehrotra, MD & CEO,

Ace tennis star Sania Mirza, the company's first policyholder of this product, was also present.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 17:20 IST