The government plans to introduce health insurance to ensure healthcare services for the people. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina shared the plan at the parliament on Wednesday.
As part of the plan, the government has already started health insurance activities on pilot basis for the poor communities in Tangail’s Madhupur, Ghatail and Kalihati upazilas.
The government 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. 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. The government also distributed SSK cards, 27,841 in Kalihati, 26,218 in Madhupur, and 27,118 in Ghatail, to facilitate free healthcare services for them.
The services are being expanded to the remaining nine upazilas of Tangail.
The government plans to bring the entire country under health insurance coverage, providing medicine and treatment to the people following recommendations from the pilot project regarding health insurance under the direction of the Health Economics unit.