National Health Protection Scheme – Rs. 5 Lakh to each Family Per Year Launched by Central Govt.

Published Date - 14 February 2018 07:20:19 Updated Date - 14 February 2018 07:21:24

Central government  in its union Budget 2018-19 has launched the much awaited National Health Protection Scheme. Subsequently, govt. will provide Rs. 5 lakh to each family for secondary and tertiary hospitalization. Accordingly, this mega Health Protection Scheme / Ayushman Bharat Scheme announced in Union Budget 2018-19  will benefit around 10 crore families (50 crore people) across the country.


The game changer scheme “national health protection scheme” is launched on 1st February 2018 by finance minister Arun Jaitely. This scheme is the world’s largest government funded health care scheme. Under national health protection scheme India about 10 crore poor families will be covered. As a result 50 crore people will get the benefit of this new national health protection scheme. Central government will provide Rs. 5 Lakh to each family for hospitalization every year.

Ayushman Bharat Programme is the worlds biggest govt. funded health care scheme. Moreover in this Union Budget 2018, govt. has allocated Rs. 48,878 crore for the health-care sector which was 39,879 crore in the previous budget of FY 2017.

Latest Update – Central govt. is going to start this scheme from 15 August 2018 or 2 October 2018.

In addition to this, govt. will also spend Rs. 1200 crore for the Ayushman Bharat Programme to set up wellness centers and healthcare clinics. Furthermore, govt. will also spend Rs. 600 crore to provide nutritional support to Tuberclosis patients.

National Health Protection Scheme / Ayushman Bharat

The important features and highlights of this scheme are as follows:-

  • Under this scheme, govt. will provide Rs. 5 lakh to each family.
  • Subsequently, this mega Universal Health Protection Scheme will benefit 50 crore people across the entire nation.
  • Accordingly, people can avail secondary and tertiary treatment in any hospitals using this financial assistance.
  • In addition to this, central govt. is going to set-up 1.5 lakh health and wellness centers and community healthcare clinics under Bharat Ayushman Programme. For this programme, govt. will allocate Rs. 1200 crore and will also provide treatment for non-communicable diseases.
  • Furthermore, govt. will also focus on including private enterprises to join the programme as a part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiatives.

Currently, Central govt. is providing Rs. 50,000 as health insurance coverage for economically weaker sections under Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY). Henceforth, this amount is not sufficient to cover most of the costly medical procedures. Thus, Central govt. will provide additional Rs. 50,000 benefit to senior citizens for investment in mediclaim.

Thus, Central govt. has decided to launch National Health Protection Scheme. Accordingly, this scheme is a path breaking announcement for the health care sector. Ayushman Bharat Programme will enhance the coverage and the amount required per family to avail better medical facilities. Henceforth, this Universal Health Protection Scheme will realize the most important aspect – “Health For All” and progress India in the next generation of social security.

In the Union Budget 2018-19, central govt. has also announced Gobar Dhan Scheme. To see the details – Click here

Details of national health protection scheme india 2018

The national health protection scheme latest news and details are: –

  • National health protection scheme India will provide Rs.5Lakh to poor family every year for treatment.
  • Furthermore about 10 crore family will be benefited from national health protection scheme India. As a result more than 50 crore people will get benefit of this scheme.
  • Under this scheme government will open the 1Lakh 50 thousands health and welfare public centres in India.
  • Financial assistance under this scheme is available at every hospital.



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