The government announced a health protection scheme with a cover of Rs 1 lakh for citizens on Monday during the presentation of the Union budget 2016-2017. Finance minister Arun Jaitley, who presented his third budget, said senior citizens would be applicable for an additional top-up of Rs 30,000.
With a focus on people in rural areas, the government will provide for setting up 3,000 Jan Aushadhi stores where one can purchase generic medicines.
A National Dialysis programme has also been devised, given the high costs of renal dialysis.
Under the programme, every district hospital will be equipped to treat rural people who need to travel to metro cities for treatment. As many as 2,000 new centres are expected to be set up across the country.