Updated: September 4, 2015 12:00:13 am
The Rajasthan government on Thursday took a major step towards the implementation of the ambitious Bhamashah Health Insurance Scheme, touted to benefit over 4.5 crore people in the state with a smart-card based cashless health cover of up to Rs 3 lakh.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the state medical & health department and the New India Assurance Company at Chief Minister’s Office to give concrete shape to the scheme, which will be implemented state-wide from December.
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said the scheme would allow patients from lower income categories to avail quality healthcare from private hospitals, which were otherwise out of their reach.
“Rajasthan is the third state to start a Health Insurance Scheme after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. More than 4.5 crore people will benefit from the quality cashless healthcare facilities through private and public healthcare providers under the scheme,” Raje said.
The scheme would cover 1,718 ailments — more than those in any other state, the government claimed.
While the cover for general illness would be Rs 30,000, critical illness cover would be Rs 3 lakh. The latter is Rs 1.5 lakh in Tamil Nadu and Rs 2.5 lakh in Maharashtra.
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