Govt to introduce health insurance for all: PM
Published: 07:09 PM, 19 June 2019 Updated: 08:52 PM, 19 June 2019
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told the Jatiya Sangsad that the government has a plan to introduce health insurance for ensuring healthcare services to all.
“The present Awami League government has a plan to introduce health insurance for ensuring healthcare services for the countrymen,” she said while replying to a tabled question from a Jatiya Party MP Md. Rustum Ali Faraji, from Pirojpur-3 constituency with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.
“As part of the plan, health insurance has already been introduced at Madhupur, Ghatail and Kalihati upazilas in Tangail on a pilot basis to ensure healthcare services to the poor people of the localities,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also President of the ruling Awami League and leader of the house, said her government has formulated ‘Healthcare Financing Strategy 2012-2032’ for ensuring universal healthcare services.
In this context, she also said that the government has taken a pilot project SSK (Shasthyo Surokhsha Karmasuchi- Social Health Protection Scheme) in line with the strategy to give free healthcare services to the poor people for ensuring universal healthcare services.
“Under the SSK, the family members living under the poverty line at Kalihati, Ghatail and Madhupur upazilas of Tangail district have been imparting healthcare services free of cost for 78 admit-able diseases,” the Premier said adding, “The SSK activities will be extended to all over the country once the pilot project is achieved a success.”
The Prime Minister said that registration of 27,841 families in Kalihati, 27,232 families in Ghatail and 26,455 families in Madhupur of Tangail district has already been completed while 27,841, 26,218 and 27,118 SSK cards have already been distributed among the poor people of Kalihati, Madhupur and Ghatail upazilas respectively to facilitate them with free healthcare services.
In this context, she said the work of the automation of SSK has already been started, hoping that activities of the SSK automation will start this month.
“The government has a plan to bring the entire country under the health insurance coverage aimed at giving medicine and treatment to the people following recommendations of the pilot project regarding health insurance under the Health Economics unit,” the Premier said.
“A project titled “Social Health Insurance Project” for laborers of RMG and tea gardens with the assistance of KOIKA has already been prepared,” she added.