'Modicare' 101: India's Universal Healthcare Scheme

Faseeha Hashmi

Health care in India has long been an expensive ordeal; however, the introduction of the National Protection Health Scheme (also known as Ayushman Bharat) aims to change this. Officially launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s government on 23 September 2018—two years after its reveal during the 2016 budget—the scheme is anticipated to expand health insurance coverage to almost half of India’s population, making it the world’s largest government-funded healthcare program.