The government has approved a Health Insurance Bill drawn up by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to allow it to implement universal basic healthcare for all Nepali citizens.
The Council of Ministers endorsed the Bill on 11 April, and this would be tabled before the Parliament soon, reported The Himalayan Times.
According to the Bill, Nepalis will get free access to yoga, immunisation, family planning, safe motherhood, out-patient care, in-patient care, surgery, medicines, emergency care, curative services, rehabilitation, ambulance service (except air ambulance service) and other services decided by the government.
The Bill adds that civil servants and migrant workers have to enrol their families in the health insurance scheme. People working in private institutions also have to enrol their family members.
Federal, provincial and local governments will bear insurance premiums for poor and marginalised families, adds the Bill. Rehabilitation shelters, orphanages, old-age homes and correction centres will have to enrol the disabled, orphans and elderly people residing in their shelters for health insurance.
The Bill adds that patients can avail themselves of free services in big hospitals on referrals from health posts and primary healthcare centres where treatment for them is not available.
People who have a government health insurance policy can receive service from private health institutions that have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Health.