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20 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Govt to introduce health insurance

Prime minister tells parliament
UNB, Sangsad Bhaban
Govt to introduce health insurance

The government has planned to introduce health insurance to ensure healthcare services for people, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told parliament yesterday. As part of the plan, she said, the government has already started health insurance activities on pilot basis for the poor communities in Tangail's Madhupur, Ghatail and Kalihati upazilas.

"The incumbent Awami League government has a plan to introduce health insurance with a view to ensuring healthcare services for people," Sheikh Hasina said replying to a tabled question from Jatiya Party MP Md Rustum Ali Faraji (Pirojpur-3). She said the government has formulated the Healthcare Financing Strategy 2012-2032 for ensuring the universal healthcare services.

In line with the strategy, a pilot project - 'Shasthya Surokkha Kormasuchi-SSK (Health Protection Programme)' - has been undertaken to initially provide free healthcare services to the poor.

Under SSK, in-patient free services are being provided to the poor for 78 diseases in Madhupur, Ghatail and Kalihati. The services are being expanded to the remaining nine upazilas of Tangail. "If the SSK piloting is successful, the activities will be expanded throughout the country,” said the Prime Minister.

The registration process of some 81,000 people who live under the poverty line in the three upazilas -27,841 in Kalihati, 27,232 in Ghatail and 26,455 in Madhupur - has completed. So far, SSK cards have been distributed among 27,841 people in Kalihati, 27,118 in Ghatail and 26,218 in Madhupur, she said.

‘Balanced development’ Replying to a question from treasury bench member Benjir Ahmed (Dhaka-20), the Prime Minister said the government has taken measures to narrow the differences between urban and rural areas for balanced development.

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