Guidelines for insurance coverage to Ayurvedic treatment issued in September this year: AYUSH Minister
New Delhi,7th December 2016: Health Insurance Regulations, 2013 notified by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority and further amended in 2016 enable General Insurers and Health Insurers for providing insurance coverage to AYUSH treatment provided the treatment has been undergone in a government hospital or in any institute recognized by government and/or accredited by Quality Council of India or National Accreditation Board on Health. With these provisions, insurance companies may design products offering AYUSH coverage in their health insurance products and some insurance companies are reported to have been offering products for insurance coverage to AYUSH treatments. Recently, on 30th September 2016, guidelines for insurance coverage to Ayurvedic treatment and settlement of claims on the basis of benchmark rates of various Ayurvedic therapies & interventions have been issued by the Ministry of AYUSH to insurance companies and Insurance Regulatory & Development Authority and also uploaded in the Ministry’s website.This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shri ShripadYesso Naik in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 7th December 2016
Under Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National AYUSH Mission(NAM), the Central Government is providing financial assistance to State/UT Governments for co-location of AYUSH facilities at Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and District Hospitals (DHs), setting up of 50 bedded integrated AYUSH hospitals and upgradation of AYUSH hospitals/ dispensaries. In addition, Central Government is also providing assistance for supply of AYUSH medicines for the treatment of common diseases.The All India Institute of Ayurveda established at New Delhi is to be operational during the current year 2016-17. The Institute has been conceived as an Apex Institute of Ayurveda with 200 bedded referral hospital for imparting education in the field of Ayurveda at M.D. and Ph.D level.The construction work of the following two new Institutes is complete and these Institutes are to be operational during the current year 2016-17:(i) North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda & Homoeopathy (NEIAH), Shillong: A state of the art Institute, consisting of Ayurveda College and Homoeopathy College, alongwith attached hospital, of Ayurveda and Homoeopathy of 100 beds and 50 beds respectively. The objective of the institute is to provide better medical/clinical facilities to the people of North East region and Sikkim.(ii) North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine (NEIFM), Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh: It is a Centre of Excellence and Apex Research Centre for all aspects of Folk Medicine knowledge. The objective of the Institute is to provide better medical/clinical facilities in the region.The Govt. has also planned to establish an All India Institute of Homoeopathy at Narela, Delhi and All India Institute of Unani Medicine at Ghaziabad.