It is great to see that the new Health Minister Harsh Vardhan is starting to be an advocate of RSBY. RSBY currently covers 37 million families within India with a fully portable, biometric linked health insurance smart card that covers up to a family of 5 with hospitalization coverage and so much more. The program has been steadily growing and expanding both the numbers of families but also the amount of items covered under health insurance.
“The Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana of the ministry of labour is working fine in some states but its reach is limited to BPL (below poverty line) families. I plan to rope in all economic groups and make the health ministry a sort of regulatory body for oversight on existing microhealth insurance programme in the villages and cities of India,” said Vardhan, adding that the new government can learn a lot from micro-health insurance instruments developed by NGOs, selfhelp groups and small private entities.
“I am not in favour of taxpayer’s money being used to push a one-size fits all health policy. From this morning itself, I have started contacting public health practitioners on the roadmap to ensure that available resources will be utilized more optimally,” he said.
Some really great and dedicated people have worked hard to make this program work against all odds…