January 22, 2009

Health insurance scheme for the poor in TN this year

The government will launch an insurance scheme for the poor and low- income groups to get the best medical treatment in government and private hospitals, Governor Surjit Singh Barnala said on Wednesday. It would benefit about one crore families. The insurance cover would be up to Rs.1 lakh.

In his address to the Assembly, Mr. Barnala said the government was aware that it was not possible for the poor to pay the cost of treatment in private hospitals, especially for cancer, heart diseases, kidney failure, brain and spinal problems and life-threatening accidents.

“Considering these facts, a new scheme, the Chief Minister’s Insurance Scheme for Life Saving Treatments, will be launched this year.” It would enable the poor to get treatment in government as well as private hospitals for serious ailments. “Each family will be insured for availing itself of free treatment up to Rs.1 lakh. The government will bear the entire premium.”

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