Health insurance scheme in Jumla covers 90,000 people

Published On: April 8, 2024 03:05 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

JUMLA, April 8: People in Jumla have lately been attracted to the Health Insurance Program initiated by the government.

Increased awareness regarding the program's benefits has led to a surge in participation, with a total of 90,411 individuals associating with it, including 45,724 females and 44,687 males, across eight local units including one municipality.

According to the National Census 2021, the total population of Jumla is 118,349.

According to the chief of the District-based Health Insurance Office, Prem Bhandari, the program covers 11,648 households of the district. The program was extended to the district in 2074 BS.

Initially, Jumla folks were not encouraged to be part of the insurance scheme due to a limited understanding of its benefits. Later, insurance agents visited them with comprehensive information about the benefits, and it resulted in a rising number of beneficiaries.

The health insurance office is working in coordination with the local governments to implement its efforts to increase the citizens' access to the program.

People with disabilities, physically incapacitated, leprosy patients, HIV-infected, senior citizens, and disadvantaged households are exempt from paying insurance premiums. The government launched the program in 2072 BS.


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