To provide Rs 500,000 per family annually for medical reimbursement under National Health Protection Scheme, the finance minister says the plan will protect 500 million poor people and will be world's largest health protection scheme.
“We will launch a flagship National Health Protection Scheme to cover over 100 million poor and vulnerable families (approximately 500 million beneficiaries) providing coverage up to Rs 50 million per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization,” the finance minister Arun Jaitley, in his Budget speech for FY 2019, said.
This will be the world’s largest government-funded health care programme. Adequate funds will be provided for smooth implementation of this programme, he added.
Among the individual stocks, SBI Life Insurance has rallied 9% to Rs 721 on BSE in intra-day trade. HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company up 4% to Rs 445, while ICICI Pru up 3% at Rs 420 on BSE, as compared to 0.59% gain in the S&P BSE Sensex at 01:50 PM.
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