Assam: Only 10% households have health cover as per survey
GUWAHATI: The latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-4 (2015-16) states only 10.4% of households in Assam have a family member covered by a health scheme or health insurance.
NFHS-4 was carried out under the aegis of the ministry of health and family welfare with the Mumbai-based International Institute of Population Sciences (IIPS) designated as the nodal agency to conduct the survey. Data was gathered from 24,542 households, 28,447 women and 3,860 men. Fieldwork for the Assam survey was carried out from November 6, 2015 to March, 31, 2016 by Nielsen (India) Private Limited.
Satyajit Borah, state secretary of the Indian Medical Association of the Assam state branch, said it was time such an initiative was undertaken for the sake of the people living below the poverty line. "There should be a universal health insurance scheme put in place as soon as possible. The state government should have accelerated the effort. I haven't seen about the NFHS survey but the 10.4% figure is quite low," said Borah.
(TNT News with inputs from Times of India)