National Health Assurance Mission, which the Centre plans to roll out next year, will be accountable to people for deficiencies in delivery and a regulatory authority will be formed to oversee enforcement of the norms, the government announced today.
At a time when the central government is mulling a universal health insurance policy for the poor, a study shows that a similar programme in Karnataka to provide health insurance to households below the poverty line has lowered both mortality rates and out-of pocket expenses for beneficiaries.
In a big relief to dissatisfied health insurance policy holders, sectoral regulator Irda on Thursday allowed them portability -- shifting policies from one insurer to another on same terms -- from July 1.
Americans would see only a modest rise in health care costs under the Senate`s plan to extend coverage to 34 million people who currently go without health insurance, government economic experts say in a new report.
President Barack Obama`s administration signalled on Sunday it is ready to abandon the idea of giving Americans the option of government-run health insurance as part of his ambitious health care proposal.
Senate Democratic leaders on Thursday abandoned plans for a vote on health care before Congress` August recess, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama`s ambitious timetable to revamp the nation`s USD 2.4 trillion system of medical care.