The Sri Lankan government has announced a number of relief measures for the public to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country which has so far infected 100 people in the island nation.
The Agrahara medical insurance scheme was introduced in 1997 by the Sri Lankan government to uplift the living standards of those in public service and provincial public service and their families.
Since 2006, the scheme has been managed by the National Insurance Trust Fund (NITF), which is a statutory body under the government’s ministry of finance, which also provides reinsurance support to all primary insurers in Sri Lanka. The scheme provides medical cover and benefits for a lifetime to all public servants without any age limit and also covers their children up to the age of 21 and parents up to the age of 70.
Insurance benefits doubled
The Agrahara scheme currently covers around 700,000 public servants and their dependents and as a result of the COVID-19 situation in the country, the benefits of the scheme will be doubled for all state employees working in the health, police and civil security forces.
Treatment under the scheme can be used for heart surgery at a private hospital, cancer, kidney, liver and brain surgery. This comprehensive insurance scheme also covers eye surgery, hearing aids, total permanent disability, as well as accidents or natural death.