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Maharashtra govt doles out Rs 1.34 cr to reimburse bills of swine flu patients

As per the health authorities, there have been fewer recorded cases of swine flu and related deaths in Pune this year

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune | Published: July 7, 2016 9:29:15 am
swine flu, pune, pune swine flu, swine flu in pune, swine fly deaths, swine flu causes, maharashtra, maharashtra government, india news, latest news In 2009, swine flu first struck Pune, claiming 149 lives and infecting 2,317 people. (
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Maharashtra govt has spent Rs 1.34 crore in reimbursing medical bills of as many as 61 critically ill swine flu (H1N1 virus) patients who had undergone ventilation at private hospitals and were economically disadvantaged. At least 25 such patients were from Pune, out of which two were children below 10 years.

The death toll in the past few years due to swine flu had led the state to compensate the economically disadvantaged victims and last year, out of 137 applications, 61 families have been reimbursed. The highest amount of Rs 10 lakh has been given to one S S Chandok’s family from Mumbai, Dr Geeta Kharat, Assistant Director, State Epidemic Cell, told The Indian Express.

An amount of Rs 3 crore had been earmarked for reimbursing critically ill swine flu patients – who were below poverty line (had both orange and yellow ration cards) and had undergone ventilation at private hospitals. The payment would be done as per the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) rates and it was decided that only such patients who were admitted from March 2015 would be compensated.

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“We had to reject 28 applications, while in 47 cases, documents were insufficient to process their claim for reimbursement,” Dr Kharat said. The state has spent Rs 1.34 crore and the remaining amount had to be submitted to the treasury on account of the financial year closing. Twenty cases are pending to be reimbursed and we have placed a proposal for the required amount of funds, she said.

Out of 61 critically ill swine flu patients, 27 were men and 34 women. Out of them, six men and seven women died. Compensation is given to the victims but families who provided sufficient documents are also reimbursed. In Pune, out of 25 critically ill swine flu patients – 16 were men and 9 women. Out of this, one man and two women died.

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