ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Saving the Employees' State Insurance Scheme

The central government seems to be moving towards dismantling the most important social health insurance programme for the organised sector working classes, the Employees' State Insurance Scheme. The government is extending health benefits to the unorganised sector through targeted and restricted schemes using the route of private health insurance, but all these efforts fail to have the intended impact and end up benefiting the private hospitals and the insurance companies. Serious efforts must be made to iron out the design defect in the Employees' State Insurance Scheme and universalise it.



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