As the budget allocated for the national health insurance scheme Aasandha would not be sufficient to cover its expenses for the year, the Parliament's Financial Committee has decided to cease its service being provided from private hospitals.
The service has already been discontinued from private clinics earlier.
If the Parliament floor endorses the proposed changes to Aasandha by the Financial Committee, patients would be available to obtain medical services from ADK, IMDC in Addu and other such private medical institutions only after approval by a doctor of Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH).
The particular medical service must also be unavailable from IGMH for the patient to be eligible to seek it from a private medical institution.
The report publicized by the Financial Committee had revealed that though Aasandha services had been discontinued from private medical establishments, the services would be available from all government medical institutions.
The other amendments to Aasandha proposed by the Committee are to exclude the scheme for persons already being provided with insurance by the Parliament and to submit the necessary amendment to the laws pertaining to national health insurance scheme to the Parliament.
In addition, the Committee further decided to request the Auditor General to investigate any incidents of corruption in providing Aasandha in the first three months of this year and to complete the audit report within one month.