Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma on Thursday thanked the NDA government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “replicating” the health insurance scheme already implemented by the state.
“This scheme, implemented by us, was one of the main discussions at a meeting of Union ministry of health and family welfare. I must thank the Prime Minister for replicating the scheme. It is one of the transformations in the health sector after we launched it and have been implementing since 2012. Unfortunately, when the Prime Minister came here, he went hammer and tongs against the state government on healthcare facilities because he did not do his homework properly. I hope he will do his homework now,” Mukul said.
He was reacting to finance minister Arun Jaitley’s announcement in his budget speech to implement an insurance scheme covering Rs 5 lakh each under the National Health Protection Scheme.
The Meghalaya government had launched the Megha Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS) on December 15, 2012 to provide financial aid to all citizens of the state at the time of hospitalisation in various private hospitals empanelled with the government to reduce out-of-pocket expenses of residents of the state.
At present, the implementation of MHIS phase-III has enhanced the insurance cover of Rs 2.8 lakh for upto five members of a family.