Na­tion launches ‘Modi­care’ scheme

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - World - IN­DIA

In­dia on Sun­day launched a big health in­sur­ance scheme which Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi said would cover more than 500 mil­lion poor peo­ple. The pro­gram, dubbed “Modi­care”, prom­ises health cover worth 500,000 ru­pees ($6,900) to ev­ery poor fam­ily to treat se­ri­ous ail­ments. The scheme is ex­pected to cost the cen­tral and 29 state gov­ern­ments $1.6 bil­lion per year in to­tal. Fund­ing will be in­creased grad­u­ally ac­cord­ing to de­mand.

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