June 20, 2017
Health insurance programme under the social health security has started in Bhaktapur. A five-membered family that registers for the programme by paying Rs 2, 500 in advance annually can claim up to Rs 50,000 worth of medical treatment per year, said executive director of the Social Health Security Development Committee Gunaraj Lohani.
If a family comprises more than five members, each family member is required to pay an annual fee of Rs 425 and medical service worth Rs 10,000 for each person will be added accordingly, as per the programme. However, the free medicines provided to patients by Nepal Government is not included in this provision, said Lohani.
Six health institutions are providing the insurance facility, including Bhaktapur Hospital, Public Health Service Center, Nepal Korea Friendship Hospital, Changunarayan Primary Health Centre and Dadhikot Primary Health Center.
The programme has been launched in the places like Chitwan, Jumla, Tanahun, Kailali, Baglung and Ilam. Preparations are underway to start the programme in Jajarkot, Makawanpur and Gorkha from the month of Asadh.