The Indian government has launched a new medical card scheme in which the government will issue a new Aadhaar number for people to obtain medical treatment in the country.
The Health Ministry announced the move on Monday, adding that Aadhaar-based medical cards will be issued for people who are below age 65 and people who have been diagnosed with cancer.
It is a major change for India’s healthcare system, as Aadhaar was used to track the enrolment of patients for medical care in previous times.
The scheme, which was launched by the government last year, is aimed at connecting healthcare professionals in the health sector.
The government has been encouraging people to use Aadhaar for medical appointments, as it had previously only offered a medical cards to those with Aadhaar numbers.
The number has become a major point of contention in the healthcare sector, as people who do not have the card are not eligible to receive the services.
In its statement, the Health Ministry said it would issue two new medical cards for those who have had their Aadhaar cards cancelled due to death.
“This is a step to bring healthcare providers and patients under the purview of Aadhaar,” the ministry said.
“Health care services and services provided under the scheme, including Aadhaar card will be accessible to all persons irrespective of their caste, creed or religion, and irrespective of the age or gender of the patient.”
The new scheme is aimed to address the high demand of people for healthcare services in India, which is estimated to reach $8 billion by 2022.