In a move to improve access to medicine, the government is launching a pilot programme that will see patients in western universities be offered up to a quarter of a million rupees ($2,400) to see a specialist in their local area.
The government says the initiative will see the average patient’s costs fall by up to 8% on a monthly basis.
The pilot scheme is part of the government’s drive to improve the health of rural communities.
According to the Ministry of Rural Development, the scheme will run from February to June and will see up to 300,000 patients enrolled.
It is not clear if patients will be able to choose between specialist practitioners, such as an obstetrician, or be able visit a primary care doctor.
According the government, the pilot programme will have a two-year extension.