Kathmandu, September 13
If the Federal Parliament endorses what has been proposed in the new public health bill, the government will be barred from covering medical expenses of its officials and political leaders when the treatments are made abroad.
The Education and Health Committee in the House of Representatives on Thursday added a provision to the Bill on Public Health that the state will cover expenses at certain cases only when the treatments are carried out within the country.
The bill including the Committee’s suggestions has been tabled in the House meeting today itself. The House is likely to endorse the bill from the same meeting.
Nepali Congress lawmaker Gagan Thapa, also the former Minister for Health, had proposed inserting the provision in the bill during the Committee meeting. Other members of the Committee endorsed his proposal unanimously.
Thapa hopes that the new provision will encourage the government to improve the condition of health facilities here.