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Improving social security in India


Expansion of India's National Health Insurance: Until the current health reform, RSBY was one of the world's largest health insurers, measured by the number of its insured. In March 2016, over 41 million poor households with around 125 million people were enrolled. The new health insurance is more ambitious: it is the world's largest fully state-financed health insurance.

Better access to health services for the poor: Around 11.8 million hospital stays in over 10,000 registered hospitals were made possible under RSBY.

Improved medical care for women: The proportion of women insured in RSBY has increased from 41 to 49 percent in four years.

Lower direct payments for hospital stays: Independent evaluations show that the insured families made lower direct payments for inpatient treatment.

Use of innovative IT instruments: The entitlement to health services can be easily confirmed through innovative technologies and processed electronically. It has made government programs more efficient and inclusive.

Strengthening capacities in government agencies: GIZ's professional program for training managers and experts who introduce and implement health insurance has made it possible to sustainably strengthen the capacities of government authorities.

Establishment of social counseling centers: The Karnataka government has opened around 1,200 social counseling centers in all 30 counties of the state. The procedure is based on a pilot of the Indo-German Social Security Program. The added value of these centers for informal workers was demonstrated.

Improved livelihood in old age: Together with the non-governmental organization HelpAge India, the project supported the establishment of more than 900 self-help groups for older people with a total of 12,400 members in the state of Bihar.