The Goa Government has recently brought COVID-19 treatment under its flagship medical insurance scheme, which covers the entire population of the state.
According to a notification issued by Additional Secretary (Health) Vikas Gaunekar, this new move will allow the patients to avail benefits under the Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana (DDSSY) while undergoing treatment for COVID-19 in private hospitals. Treatment for COVID-19 in government hospitals is free in the state.
As per the order, patients can avail benefits for a maximum 10 days from the date of admission and they will be applicable only to DDSSY-empanelled hospitals with ICU facility.
The notification also said all charges, including admission, those related to medical consultancy, nursing, beds, diet, PPE kits, X-Ray, ECG and cardiac monitor, among others, will be covered under the scheme’s package.
The government-sponsored scheme, with nominal premium, allows residents of Goa to receive healthcare services from government and listed private hospitals for surgical, medical and hospitalisation expenses.
It offers health insurance coverage between Rs. 2.5 lakh and Rs. 4 lakh, depending on the number of family members, and provides benefits on a cashless basis.