Following the success of Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana (RGJAY) in the eight districts where it was launched as a pilot project,the government has deicded to extend the scheme to the rest of the state.
At a meeting held by CM Prithviraj Chavan with the health department Monday,it was decided to cover the remaining 27 districts as well.
Health department officials claimed since the scheme was launched in July last year in Amravati,Dhule,Nanded,Gadchiroli,Solapur,Raigad and Mumbai and its suburbs,the state had spent Rs 163 crore benefitting 55,000 patients.
The process of issuing health cards is on,while data entry and digitisation of 85 per cent of beneficiaries in the remaining districts has been completed, one said.
RGJAY is to improve medical access for below poverty line yellow ration card-holders and above poverty line orange card ration-holders. It is to be implemented throughout the state in a phased manner for three years.
Under RGJAY,49 lakh families in eight districts have been insured. The aim is to eventually cover 8 crore people. The premium of Rs 333 per family per year is paid by the state government for insurance up to Rs 1.5 lakh.
Hospitals on a state panel offer cashless service to the beneficiaries. Private hospitals on the panel include Asian Heart and Research Centre,RN Cooper,SevenHills Healthcare,Tata Memorial Hospital and Research Centre.