National Health Protection scheme will aid corporate hospitals, deprived will not benefit

A doctor said providing free health care is the duty of the government and that availing free service is right of every individual.

Published: 02nd February 2018 03:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd February 2018 04:55 AM   |  A+A-

Image for representational purpose only

Express News Service

CHENNAI: “National Health Protection scheme is a good programme,” said K Senthil, president TN Government Doctors’ Association. “But, for Tamil Nadu, it doesn’t make much difference. Have to wait and see, how it will be implemented here and what are the diseases it will cover.”

“This scheme will benefit only corporate hospitals. Underprivileged will not be benefitted,” said GR Ravindranath, general secretary, Doctors’ Association for Social Equality. “Instead some, people’s welfare scheme can be launched with the premium money that will be paid to the insurance company for this programme.”

Another doctor said providing free health care is the duty of the government and that availing free service is right of every individual. He said there is no need for third parties like insurance companies to get involved. “In CMCHIS also, these are the drawbacks. The government can directly give the funds to the hospitals to provide treatment. Instead, it brought in third party, a private health insurance company, which is an unnecessary hassle for the people,” the doctor added.

The doctor wanted to know that if two people in a family meet with an accident and require  insurance money, will the government send one person back saying `two lakh cover per year was over for treating one person. “Isn’t the duty of the government to provide treatment for the second person also?” he  asked.
Another doctor said it was not right to make patients run from pillar to post to get the paperwork done.

“Making patients to run here and there on paper work, when a majority of the people who come to government institutions are uneducated and underprivileged, is not justified,” the government hospital doctor said on condition of anonymity.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp