Last updated: 24/3/2022

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area

Programme Details

Programme components
The Medical Welfare (MW) programme in Maldives is one of the initiatives that solely target PHHs (meaning, beneficiaries are only required to be poor to request enrolment in the programme). This is interesting, since the country already has a universal health insurance scheme, the Husnuvaa Aasandha (HA), which covers most health services. Hence, the MW is an additional programme meant to cover the costs of more complex health services not provided by the HA, such as assistance when travelling abroad for medical care; medicines and injections not covered by the HA; a bone marrow programme for people with Thalassemia; assistance for medical treatment provided only by private hospitals; assistance for people with Thalassemia for carrying out specific procedures; and other medical equipment not provided by the HA. Regarding target groups, the MW’s approach is very different from another initiative in Maldives, the Food Subsidy Programme (FSP), which requires beneficiaries to provide foster care to children and additionally that the respective household is considered poor according to the national poverty line.
Start date
2021

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeted areas
Nationwide
Target groups
Poor Households (PHHs)
Eligibility criteria
Poor citizens in need of specific medical assistance
References
NSPA. n.d. Medical Welfare. National Social Protection Agency. <https://bit.ly/2yKBSsL>. Accessed 16 May 2018.

Coverage and other information

Amount of benefits
Assistance in travelling abroad for medical care; medicines and injections not covered by Aasandha; oxygen/BiPAP/CPAP/VPAP machines; bone marrow programme for people with Thalassemia; assistance for medical treatment provided only by private hospitals; assistance to Thalassemic citizens for carrying out HLA TYPING/MRI T2; and other medical equipment not provided by Aasandha
Payment/delivery frequency
Care is provided as needed
Benefit delivery mechanism
Covers assistance for health care abroad and in private hospitals when needed
Benefit recipients
Beneficiaries themselves