Journal article

National health insurance policy in Nepal: challenges for implementation.

Shiva Raj Mishra, Pratik Khanal, Deepak Kumar Karki, Per Kallestrup, Ulrika Enemark

Global Health Action | Published : 2015

Abstract

The health system in Nepal is characterized by a wide network of health facilities and community workers and volunteers. Nepal's Interim Constitution of 2007 addresses health as a fundamental right, stating that every citizen has the right to basic health services free of cost. But the reality is a far cry. Only 61.8% of the Nepalese households have access to health facilities within 30 min, with significant urban (85.9%) and rural (59%) discrepancy. Addressing barriers to health services needs urgent interventions at the population level. Recently (February 2015), the Government of Nepal formed a Social Health Security Development Committee as a legal framework to start implementing a socia..

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