The insurance coverage is slightly higher in rural areas (42 per cent) than in urban areas (38 per cent).
A little over two-fifths, or 41 per cent, of households in India have at least one individual covered by a health insurance plan or health scheme, according to the recently released National Family Health Survey-5 (NFHS-5). The fifth edition of the survey, the data of which pertains to 2019-21, shows a significant improvement in health insurance coverage in the country despite it remaining far from satisfactory.
According to the NFHS-4, just 29 per cent households had at least one member covered under health insurance or health scheme as of 2015-16.
The latest report suggests that only 30 per cent of women aged 15-49 and 33 per cent of men in the age group are covered by health insurance or a health scheme.
First Published: May 14 2022 | 06:07 AM IST