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Revenue Secy Panel Suggests Rs 11,000 Cr Healthcare Scheme

Revenue Secretary-led panel has suggested a Rs 11,000 crore mega healthcare scheme, sources say.

As per the recommendation made, the Centre’s will pay around Rs 6,600 crore and states will pay Rs 4,400 crore for the scheme. The panel has put forth proposals for universal life and health insurance schemes to the Finance Minister and Prime Minister.

CNBC-TV18’s Nayantara Rai, quoting sources, says that coverage of Rs 2 lakh could be set for life insurance and health coverage of Rs 50,000 per family and Rs 30,000 per senior citizen could be added.

The plans may be executed through private and public health service providers. The board has also suggested bulk procurement of 3000 drugs, which will be accessible for free to poor, says the source. The panel has also recommended opening 1,000 stores in 2016 to sell general drugs at low cost. These stores could be opened via public private partnership (PPP) model, source say.

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