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[Editorial] India’s mega health reforms: treatment for half a billion

Technocrats and functionaries are hastily putting the final touches to India’s mega health insurance scheme following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement that the programme will be launched nationwide on Sept 25. The scheme aims to provide up to 100 million poor families with approximately INR500 000 (US$7100) in annual health insurance coverage to pay for secondary or tertiary hospital care. It is one of the components of a flagship initiative known in Hindi as Ayushman Bharat or “India blessed with long life”, which includes developments in primary health services and health promotion.