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Govt to provide health insurance to all Nepali within 3 years

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KATHMANDU —The government has announced to provide health insurance to all Nepali within next three yeasr.

Presenting the budget for the fiscal year 2016/17 at the Legislative-Parliament on Saturday, the government said that it will implement ‘National Health Insurance Scheme’ in a phase-wise method which targets to provide health insurance facility to every Nepali citizen within next three years.

Although the government has not finalised the procedures and detail work plans, it has allocated a budget of Rs 2.5 billion for the upcoming fiscal year to implement the scheme.

Presenting the annual budget of Rs 1.05 trillion on Saturday, Finance Minister Bishnu Paudel said that the scheme will be expanded in the 25 districts in the upcoming fiscal year 2016/17. But he didn’t clarify which district will get the health insurance scheme in the first stage.

Minister Paudel told the parliament that the scheme was aimed to forever end the situation whereby any citizen has to be deprived of medical treatment in the lack of money.

Though the insurance companies in Nepal provide health insurance services, people rarely insure themselves against the risk of incurring medical expenses.

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1 killed, 2 injured in Dhading truck mishap

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DHADING — One person was killed while two other seriously injured when a truck fell from Hugdi Khola Bridge in Rorang-10, Benighat along the Prithvi Highway on Wednesday.

The truck (Na 5 Kha 1568) en-route to Chitwan from Kathmandu fell off the bridge to Hugdi Khola (river) on Wednesday afternoon.

The deceased has been identified as 23-year-old Sher Bahadur Magar,23, of Madhya Bindu Municipality-10, according to police. Magar died on the course of treatment at a Malekhu-based hospital, informed Area Police Office, Gajuri.

Those injured in the incident are Manoj Ale 25, of Arunkhola, Nawalparasi and Megh Bahadur Gharti of Sitakganga Municipality in Arghakhanchi district have been sent to Kathmandu for further medical treatment.

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