Finance Minister had proven that the government's massive healthcare
scheme is a "jumla": P Chidambaram
3 Feb, 2018
to the proposed scheme, the Congress leader said it would entail huge
expenditure but no money was provided. Senior Congress leader P.
Chidambaram on Friday said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had proven that
the government's massive healthcare scheme was a "jumla" because no
money has been provided for the initiative, touted as the biggest
government-run health cover programme in the world."Yesterday, I had
said that the new health care scheme is a 'jumla' (mere claim) with no
money provided in the budget. Today, (the Finance Minister) has admitted
that no money has been provided and he will 'raise money in the future'.
Perfect jumla," Chidambaram tweeted.Jaitley in his budget speech on
Thursday announced a National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) providing
health insurance worth ₹ 5 lakh to 10 crore poor families -- 50 crore
individuals -- per year.Referring to the proposed scheme, the Congress
leader said it would entail huge expenditure but no money was
provided."The promise of Rs 5 lakh per family for secondary and tertiary
healthcare is a big 'jumla'. The target group is 10 crore families.
Assuming each family will avail of ₹ 50,000 - one tenth of ₹ 5 lakh -
the amount required per year will be Rs 5 lakh crore," he said.He said
if the insurance companies foot the bill, the estimated premium at ₹
5,000 to ₹ 15,000 per family will require an outgo from₹50,000 crore to
₹1.5 lakh crore per year. "Is the Finance Minister serious," the former
Finance Minister asked.