National Programme

National Programme

National Programme for Health Care of the Elderly (NPHCE)

The National Programme for Health Care of the Elderly (NPHCE) is an articulation of the International and national commitments of the Government as conceived under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), National Policy on Older Persons (NPOP) adopted by the Government of India in 1999 and Section 20 of “The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007” dealing with provisions for medical care of Senior Citizen.

The programme has envisaged providing promotional, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services in an integrated manner for the Elderly in various Government health facilities. The range of services will include health promotion, preventive services, diagnosis and management of geriatric medical problems (out and in-patient), day care services, rehabilitative services and home based care as needed. Districts will be linked to Regional Geriatric Centers for providing tertiary level care.

Objectives :

• The main objective of this scheme is to provide preventive, curative and rehabilitative services to the elderly persons at various level of health care delivery system of the country.

• The other objectives are, to strengthen referral system, to develop specialized man power and to promote research in the field of diseases related to old age.

Eligibility Criteria:

All elderly People (above 60 Years) in the country.

Types of Benefits:

Free, Specialized health care facilities exclusively for the elderly people through the State health delivery system.