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RSBY cashless scheme - Insuring the uninsured in India, similar to Obama Healthcare reform

We have heard enough debate on the Obama healthcare reform. A few years before that something was brewing up in India. Most people in India pay for their medical and hospital expenses out of their pocket. According to a report (Emerging Health Insurance in India - An overview) by J Anita, less than 15% of India’s 1.2 Bn population possesses health insurance. How can the poor families with neither money nor insurance hope to get themselves admitted to a hospital in case of an emergency. The Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) with its cashless insurance scheme seeks to address this issue.

RSBY scheme was launched in 2008 by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India to provide health insur ...

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