Former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has dubbed the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) as a gimmick alleging that it was introduced without any proper planning
- Criticising the Centre for the scheme, P. Chidambaram wondered how it will provide funds for it.
- He also mocked at the Centre’s move to ask the States to bear 40% of the expenditure on NHPS
- He has asked why the State governments should bear it when they have healthcare programmes of their own.
- Further, he has argued that the NDA government has been unable to reduce the fiscal deficit “significantly” since coming to power in 2014.
The NHPS aims to provide health insurance coverage to 10 crore families with an insurance ceiling of up to Rs. 5 lakh per family.