In just three months since its launch, the stateâ€™s free health insurance scheme has Â catered to more than 10,000 patients. Under the Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Â Yojana (RGJDAY), 10,203 patients (6,359 men and 3,844 women) have availed of free Â treatment.
There were 11,861 patient approvals from eight districts of Maharashtra. Of these, Â 4,850 have availed of free treatment in empanelled hospitals in Mumbai.
â€œThe state is providing insurance approvals to 100-200patients every day. We are looking at reaching out to more people,â€ said K Venkatesam, CEO, RGJDAY.
Most of the beneficiaries are poor people suffering from cancer, heart ailments and kidney problems. Nearly 10% of the patients who availed of the scheme suffer from cancer. â€œAbout1,366 patients are on chemotherapy, radiation or have undergone surgery for cancer. An equal number suffer from kidney problems who need to undergo dialysis but cannot afford to pay Rs8,000-Rs10,000 a month. They are getting free treatment under the scheme,â€ said Venkatesam.
The state has earmarked close to Rs200 crore for the cashless insurance scheme running on a pilot basis in eight districts of the state â€” Amravati, Dhule, Gadchiroli, Mumbai, suburban Mumbai, Solapur, Nanded and Raigad. â€œThe state has insured close to 50 lakh families under the annual income bracket of less than Rs1 lakh with the National Insurance agency. Of these, 11,000-odd claims have been approved for treatments running into Rs37 crore in the first three months. Of this, Rs10 crore has already been disbursed by the insurance agency to hospitals,â€ said Venkatesam.
RGJDAY provides cashless hospital admission and covers a patient earning less than Rs1lakh a year. Treatments up to Rs1.5 lakh are made available to patients for free.