India: National health insurance protects people from poverty
Illness as a poverty trap: many people in India live with the constant threat of falling into poverty if they become sick. Over 90 per cent of the Indian population work informally – without any employment contract. Consequently, they have no social insurance and are obliged to pay for their own hospital treatment. One of the major causes of impoverishment in India is the high cost of medical treatment. The Indian Government has sought to change this situation and in 2008 introduced health insurance for those living below the poverty line. This health insurance, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), enables poor people all over India to seek treatment without having to pay for it themselves.
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