According to top official sources, the government has decided to discontinue around 500 existing health packages to bring in around 250 new ones and revise the rates to rationalise the popular health insurance schemes. Some of the packages which were terminated were renal angioplasty with single stent (medicated) and eversion of hydrocele sac-unilateral.
The lists of procedures, which will now be added to the scheme, include right/left catheterisation and DJ stent removal.
The revise in the price includes both upward and downward revision. Rates for coronary artery bypass grafting and tympanoplasty packages have been increased which means that the hospitals are likely to get better prices under this scheme. At the same time, the government have cut off rates of some packages like external fixation for both bones of forearms. Government has advised removing a few of the procedures under the scheme to avoid overlapping with other national schemes. The increase in the price in some cases is to the tune of 250%, a source confirmed.
The scheme still continues to cover cases of child deliveries, cataract and dialysis due to a large number of hospitalisations, another official said.
These decisions were taken at a recently held governing body meeting of the National Health Authority.Health is a crucial aspect for any individual. An individual can lead a better life and be happy, if healthy. Poor health can even cause stress to the individual and his/her family, as a result harming mental health. Healthcare is refined to as the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and management of disease, illness, injury, and the preservation of physical and mental well-being in humans.
To build a robust healthcare industry, public health policies play an important role. In India, there is a huge demand and need for policies in healthcare sector since India is considered to be facing double burden of malnutrition i.e. obesity and under nutrition.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health policy as plans, decisions, and actions that are undertaken to achieve specific health care goals within a society.
The aim of health care policies is to define a vision for the future which in turn helps to establish targets and points of reference for the short and medium-term.
It also outlines priorities and the expected roles of different groups, and it builds consensus and informs people. The new line up for Public Health in India includes the epidemiological transition (rising burden of chronic non-communicable diseases), demographic transition (increasing elderly population) and environmental changes. The unfinished agenda of maternal and child mortality, HIV/AIDS pandemic and other communicable diseases still exerts immense strain on the overstretched health systems.
Healthcare policies are significantly advantageous for any group of population and regular revision with timely amendments is also required. Ensuring that the respective beneficiaries are able to take appropriate benefits on time and monitoring any undue exploitation of beneficiary or the scheme should also be the part of the agenda.