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The BJP-Sena led state government has renamed the Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Yojana (RGJAY) after social reformer Mahatma Phule and health officials say the scheme will now include 1,200 procedures and new beneficiaries such as farmers from the 14 drought-prone districts and orphaned children from government ashram shalas and hostels.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who was in Pune on Wednesday, announced that the state cabinet had approved the Mahatma Phule cashless medical insurance scheme that would cover beneficiaries from below poverty line, above poverty line and indigent categories.
He was speaking after inaugurating the 126-bed Galaxy Care Hospital set up by Dr Shailesh Puntambekar.
The number of procedures has been increased to 1,200 surgeries and therapies from the previous 971 with geriatric and paediatric care being added in the Mahatma Phule Jana Arogya Yojana.
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Since the tenure of the existing scheme would get over in October, this year, the state would now introduce the Mahatma Phule insurance scheme, Sujata Saunik, principal secretary of health, Maharashtra told The Indian Express.
Apart from increasing the floater coverage for beneficiary families, the coverage for kidney transplants will also be increased. More procedures like haematology, dengue, swine flu will be included in the new scheme.
Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister commended Dr Puntambekar for introducing the Pune technique, now followed by doctors in 40 countries for treating cancer of the cervix. Dr S B Mujumdar, founder of Symbiosis International University, also spoke on the occasion.