The BJP government’s large-scale health insurance initiative was rolled out in some states today, to coincide with Independence Day celebrations across the country. Though some anticipated a full-scale launch of the programme, the scheme was not launched nationwide but began a gradual rollout in select states. Full rollout of the scheme is expected on September 25th as announced by Prime Minister Modi in his Independence Day address. “The healthcare initiatives of the government will have a positive impact on 50 crore Indians,” the Prime Minister said. “It is essential to ensure that we free the poor of India from the clutches of poverty due to which they cannot afford healthcare.” As the highly anticipated scheme begins life, it is worth examining what Modicare is, who it’s for, how it is funded and what it means for the public health system in India going forward. What is ‘Modicare’? The National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) - also known as Ayushman Bharat, … Read Full Article about Modicare begins on September 25th. Here’s what we know so far.