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Bangladesh PM lays plan for 'Hasinacare'

Government aims to bring universal health insurance to 155 million

Health care in Bangladesh suffers from a shortage of medical staff and a lack of investment.   © Reuters

DHAKA -- In the footsteps of India's ambitious program to extend public health insurance to 500 million citizens, Sheikh Hasina, prime minister of neighboring Bangladesh, has set out plans to similarly cover her 155 million-plus constituents.

Hasina announced to parliament last week that a small pilot insurance program would be expanded first to almost one-third of the population and then to the rest of the country by 2032.

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