September 06, 2008

Health insurance premium reduced

Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram announced that the cost of health insurance premium under the Universal Health Insurance Scheme (UHIS) has been reduced from today to attract more number of people.

Speaking at the inauguration of Apollo Reach Hospitals here, he said, "For an individual the premium amount under UHIS was Rs 365 per annum, but now it would be Rs 300." For a family of five members, the premium which was costing Rs 548 per annum has been reduced to Rs 450 per annum and for a family of seven members, it has been reduced from Rs 730 per annum to Rs 600 per annum, he said.

In addition to this, the age limit under the UHIS has also been increased from 65 years to 70 years, Chidambaram said, adding the pre-existing diseases which were not included earlier had been included under UHIS and the maternity benefit has also been extended from today.

"There is no substitute for comprehensive health system. We must marry public medical system and private medical care, as it would provide modern finance, modern technology and modern information systems," he said.

The Apollo Reach Hospitals is an initiative of Apollo Hospitals Group for providing health-care for semi-urban and rural areas.

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