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India’s health minister commits government to improving healthcare access

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3855 (Published 11 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3855
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

India’s new health minister, Harsh Vardhan, has announced that the government’s top priority will be to provide health insurance coverage for everyone through a national policy. Vardhan took up the post of health minister on 27 May.

Vardhan said, “The Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana [RSBY; the national health insurance scheme] of the ministry of labour is working fine in some states but its reach is limited to BPL [below poverty line] families. I plan to rope in all economic groups and make the health ministry a sort of regulatory body …

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