Cabinet approves setting up paying wards in government hospitals

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) –The Sri Lankan government has received the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers to establish paying wards in island wide state hospitals for both local and foreign patients.

Parliament has passed the proposal presented by the President as the Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policy, presenting the budget for the year 2023 to expand the facilities of paid wards in public hospitals throughout the country.

Currently, the National Insurance Trust Fund under the Ministry of Finance provides health insurance cover (Agrahara) to government employees and pensioners, while a significant number of citizens are covered through other health insurance schemes.

Also, some citizens are willing to pay for additional facilities in the government health care system and get those facilities a statement on cabinet decisions said.

Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the Minister of Health to provide facilities for paying wards in government hospitals for Sri Lankan citizens as well as foreigners.

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