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Rolling out of National Health Assurance Mission
Aug 02, 2014

The Government is considering to roll out a National Health Assurance Mission to reduce the out of pocket spending on health care by the common man. A Group has been constituted for preparing a comprehensive background paper for this purpose. 

Public Health being a State subject, the Central Government has been supplementing the efforts of the States/UTs under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) to provide accessible, affordable and quality healthcare to the rural population.


In 2013, the National Health Mission (NHM) was approved subsuming NRHM and the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) as its Sub-Missions with the vision of attainment of universal access to equitable, affordable and quality health care services to all the population. Under NHM, financial support is being provided to States/UTs for strengthening their health care systems including support for provision of the following services free of cost to all those who access these services in public health facilities: 

  • Universal Immunization of children against 7 diseases

  • Pulse Polio Immunization 

  • Family Planning services

  • Maternal and Reproductive Health Services 

  • Child Health services that include both Home Based and facility based New born Care

  • Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH) services

  • Investigation and treatment for Malaria, Kalaazar, Filaria, Dengue, JE and Chikungunya

  • Detection and treatment for Tuberculosis including MDR-TB

  • Detection and treatment for Leprosy

  • Detection, treatment and counseling for HIV/AIDs

  • Non-Communicable diseases services

  • Cataract surgery for Blindness control—over 6 million free cataract surgeries done every year, Cornea transplant, Glaucoma/ Diabetic Retinopathy, Spectacles to poor children. 

 

 


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