Early Detection Initiative Could Boost Sustainability of Aasandha Health Insurance Scheme

Over 500 individuals have taken advantage of medical check-ups offered under the Maldives’ government-backed Aasandha health insurance scheme, demonstrating the value of early detection initiatives. The program, implemented to promote proactive healthcare, could lead to greater sustainability for the comprehensive insurance scheme.

Since the launch of this service on January 1, 2024, Aasandha has provided biannual medical examinations at government health facilities, making essential healthcare accessible to all. Data shows that 540 individuals underwent check-ups between January 1 and March 23, with women representing a slight majority of those screened.

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Hulhumale’ Hospital has conducted 323 screenings, while Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) has examined 217 individuals. Efforts are underway to expand the program’s reach, with plans to include those aged 35-49 and younger than 19 starting in July.

The government’s focus on early detection of major diseases aims to improve public health outcomes. This approach could also have a positive impact on the overall sustainability of the Aasandha health insurance scheme, as early treatment often leads to better health outcomes and potentially lower healthcare costs long-term.

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