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State spent Rs 198 cr on treatment of 1 lakh BPL people since last July

The state health department has spent Rs 198.26 crore since last July to treat over a lakh people living below poverty line.

Written by Anuradha Mascharenhas | Pune | October 31, 2013 5:18:53 am

The state health department has spent Rs 198.26 crore since last July to treat over a lakh people living below poverty line (BPL) under the Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana. A state analysis has revealed that kidney,cancer and cardiac ailments are among the major problems affecting people and the highest number of surgeries have been done to treat these diseases.

Health Minister Suresh Shetty said Rs 13.01 crore was spend on surgeries related to kidney ailments,while Rs 46.60 crore was spent on treating cardiac problems. On surgeries related to cancer,Rs 7.3 crore was spent,while Rs 12.59 crore was spent on treating genitourinary problems,he said.

A total of 1,00,205 surgeries have been performed from July 2,2012,till October 30 this year. The highest number of surgeries have been sought by persons in the age group of 46 to 55 and 56 to 65. At least 20,198 people in the age group of 46 to 55,and 20,530 in the age group of 56 to 65 have sought treatment for various ailments,according to the analysis.

The scheme was introduced in July last year to improve access to medical facilities for BPL people. While it has been functional in eight districts — Gadchiroli,Amravati,Nanded,Solapur,Dhule,Raigad ,Mumbai and Mumbai (suburban) — it is now being rolled out across the remaining districts,including Pune,in November this year,said Shetty.

A total of 46,300 surgeries were conducted in Mumbai,13,056 in Solapur,11,836 at Nanded,10,158 at Dhule,9,519 at Amravati,8,384 at Raigad and 952 at Gadchiroli. The scheme has been introduced to improve cashless access for families with an annual income of less than Rs 1 lakh. Valid yellow and orange card holders will be included in the scheme where patients get admitted,operated and discharged without paying any money. The entire premium per year per family is paid by the government and the sum insured per family is Rs 1.5 lakh.

A total of 972 procedures have been identified along with 121 follow-up packages in 30 specialised categories. Health officials pointed out that the beneficiaries have to approach primary health centres or rural or district hospitals from where they will be referred under the scheme for preliminary diagnosis and basic tests.

The pre-authorisation request is sent to the insurance company,which is required to approve it within 12 hours if all conditions are met with. Under the scheme,the Rajeev Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana Society will pay the insurance premium in advance in installments on behalf of the insured beneficiary families to the insurance company.

Surgery Statistics

*A total of 1,00,205 surgeries have been performed from July 2,2012,till October 30 this year

*Rs 13.01 crore was spend on surgeries related to kidney ailments,while Rs 46.60 crore was spent on treating cardiac problems

*On surgeries related to cancer,Rs 7.3 crore was spent,while Rs 12.59 crore was spent on treating genitourinary problems

*The highest number of surgeries have been sought by persons in age group of 46 to 55 & 56 to 65

*At least 20,198 people in the age group of 46 to 55,and 20,530 in the age group of 56 to 65 have sought treatment

*The scheme was introduced in eight districts in July last year to improve access to medical facilities for BPL people

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