Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced this on March 26, during a press conference. The insurance cover provided to the health workers will be for three months with effect from March 25, 2020. This is expected to benefit 22 lakh health workers handling the COVID-19 crisis across India, the FM said.
According to the PIB press release, the health insurance scheme for health workers fighting COVID-19 in Government Hospitals and Health Care Centres will cover the following:
- Safai karamcharis, ward-boys, nurses, ASHA workers, paramedics, technicians, doctors and specialists and other health workers would be covered by a Special insurance Scheme.
- Any health professional, who while treating Covid-19 patients, meet with some accident, then he/she would be compensated with an amount of Rs 50 lakh under the scheme.
- All government health centres, wellness centres and hospitals of Centre as well as States would be covered under this scheme approximately 22 lakh health workers would be provided insurance cover to fight this pandemic, according to the release.
(An earlier version of the story had incorrectly used the term health insurance which has now been rectified.)
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8 Comments on this Story
Dr Mohan Muthal158 days ago
Really needed and much appreciated in tough times of this pandemic era.
Vidur333 days ago
Very good step. But why not have the same provision for soldiers who die fighting the enemy and terrorists....why do they have to pay for their own insurance when it is the nation which orders them into life threatening situations?
sanjiv yadav339 days ago
a good sign of relief for working such an high risking conditions .an appreciated step towards healthcare.