NHRC notices to Centre, IRDA over refusal of mediclaim policies

Chennai: The National Human Rights Commission has sent notices to the Centre and the IRDA over a report which alleged that healthcare workers’, who are at the maximum risk to contract Covid-19, are facing refusals or demands for high premiums on buying group mediclaim policies.

In its notice to the Finance Ministry and the insurance regulator, the NHRC said that reportedly, as Covid-19 cases continue to rise and the government offers little clarity on insurance cover for private healthcare professionals doing non-COVID work, there is a scramble to find the right insurance policy.

It is further stated that while most doctors have a medical cover, the struggle has mainly been about ensuring protection for their staffers, the NHRC added.

 

NT Bureau