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WB Govt plans health insurance scheme next fiscal

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Kolkata, Oct 27 (UNI) The West Bengal government will launch a health insurance scheme targetted at providing a social security net for the weaker and poorer sections of the community from next fiscal.

" We are at the product designing stage and a concrete scheme plan will be ready by December," Mr H H Dwivedi, Special Secretary, Department of Health, Government of West Bengal, said here today.

The scheme would likely include major surgeries and mother and child care among others.

The government was in the look out for partners for the project and has already initiated talks with some private insurance companies, Mr Dwivedi informed.

He was speaking on the sidelines of a Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) sponsored "Health and Lifestyle Show 2006" to evolve a Private-Public-Partnership model for health projects.

Following the product designing, the government would launch a pilot insurance project in the Bardhaman district in April 2007.

Mr Dwivedi said the government would also review the Clinical Establishment Act for a stringent regulatory framework for quality of health services rendered by private health service providers.

The Act is used for giving licences to private sector medical projects and health projects under PPP model.

"We will make the provision in the Act stringent so that quality aspect of healthcare is not compromised with," he said.

Health Minister Surjya Kanta Mishra said once successfully launched in Bardhaman it would be launched elsewhere in the state.

Mr Mishra said public health service providers still now handle 73 per cent of indoor admission and the private sector needs to pitch in to meet the huge demand.

Mr Dwivedi said the state government would set up 50 nursing schools in different parts of the state to meet the dearth of nurses in the state in partnership with the private sector.

The government would also outsource ambulatory service in all the 341 blocks from the NGOs, he said.

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