NHM Hi­machal to launch e-health card scheme

BioSpectrum (India) - - POLICY AND REGULATORY NEWS -

In an ef­fort to ef­fec­tively com­bat non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases (NCDs) in Hi­machal Pradesh, the state Na­tional Health Mis­sion (NHM) will soon launch elec­tronic health cards for all pa­tients at the pan­chayat level.

While the e-health card will cover dis­eases like hy­per­ten­sion, sugar, high blood pres­sure, heart dis­eases, etc., the sub­scribers of uni­ver­sal health in­surance scheme will have to pay an an­nual premium of Rs 365 to get the cov­er­age of up to Rs 30,000.

Ac­cord­ing to a se­nior NHM of­fi­cial, while schemes like Chief Min­is­ter Swasthya Bima Yo­jna and Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yo­jna tar­geted hand­i­capped, old peo­ple and the be­low poverty line fam­i­lies, there was no health­care scheme for the non-poor pop­u­la­tion. The NHM also plans to launch a special measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) cam­paign and a pro­gramme to pro­vide free in­sulin to di­a­betic chil­dren up to 18 years of age.

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