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FREE ESSENTIAL HEALTH SERVICES PROGRAMME
The policies and programmes of the MoHP and the action and activities of its officials is being directed by the sprit and mandate of the last Jan Andolan (People’s Movements) 2006. Ten points position paper has been introduced by MoHP for operational guidelines on policies and programmes of MoHP.
The Interim Constitution of Nepal 2063 has emphasized that every citizen shall have the rights to basic health services free of costs as provided by the law. Ultimately, government of Nepal decided to provide essential health care services (emergency and inpatient services) free of charge to poor, destitute, disabled, senior citizens and FCHVs up to 25 bedded district hospitals and PHCCs (December 15, 2006) and all citizens at SHP/HP level (8 October, 2007). But MoHP decided to implement from 15th Jan 2008 for its preparations to manage.
All the evolution of 1st republic budget of Nepal in 19th Sep 2008, Nepal Government has been emphasized to make free health services up to 25 bedded district hospital especially to targeted people with listed essential drugs to all citizens. Therefore MoHP have decided to provide free health service to all citizents in all PHCC since 16th Nov 2008 on the basis of equity. In the same way MoHP decided to provide free health care services to all targeted people at district to all citizens since 14th Jan 2009. In order to implement effectively, the MoHP has introduced the operational guide line of national free health service programme based on new budget policy.
FREE HEALTH CARE POLICY
Free Health Care policy is directed by the Interim Constitution of Nepal 2007, which is the spirit of People’s Movement II 2062/63 (2006). This policy is based on the citizen’s rights. Policy of free health care is to provide primary health care services free of cost to every citizen and citizen and special attention, that is safety net to poor, vulnerable and marginalized people. This is an extended form of current free service and strong commitment of the Interim government.
- To secure the right of the citizens to the health services;
- To increase access of health services especially for the poor, ultra-poor, destitute, disabled, senior citizens and FCHVs;
- To reduce the morbidity and mortality especially of the poor, marginalized and vulnerable people;
- To secure the responsibility of state towards the people’s health services;
- To provide equality essential health care services effectively;
- To provide equity of health services.