Health insurance cards distributed: CM asserts health as a priority of the Government

Governments all around the world try to work towards building good health care facilities and for providing quality health care. Most of these works include proactive work in ensuring better infrastructure, creating awareness, providing accessible healthcare, and ensuring medical insurances. In the course of the pandemic that has rocked the world, and the lockdown that […] The post Health insurance cards distributed: CM asserts health as a priority of the Government appeared first on The Sikkim Chronicle - Sikkim News.

Health insurance cards distributed: CM asserts health as a priority of the Government

Governments all around the world try to work towards building good health care facilities and for providing quality health care. Most of these works include proactive work in ensuring better infrastructure, creating awareness, providing accessible healthcare, and ensuring medical insurances.

In the course of the pandemic that has rocked the world, and the lockdown that rocked the economy, people have come to realise that capital is something that is like flowing water if the sources aren’t perennial: the flow decreases and ultimately languishes.

This, coupled with the fact that humans are perishable creatures, points the need for health insurances into perspective. In India, like the rest of the world, not everyone can afford private healthcare insurances. So, that is where the government steps in.

Some schemes that cover government-funded health insurances are:

1. Ayushman Bharat.
2. Awaz Health insurance
3. Aam Aadmi Bima Yojna
4. Bhamashah Swasthya Bima
5. Dr YSR Aarogyasri Health Care Trust Andhra Pradesh Government.
6. West Bengal Health Scheme
7. Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna
8. Telangana State Government- Employees and Journalists Health Scheme 9. Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojna

These are a few of the many Indian health insurance schemes that often go overlooked by the people who need it most – the poor and dispossessed.

Similarly, a distribution programme of Sikkim Manipal Swasthya Suraksha Insurance Card and Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) Health Insurance Card was held at Samman Bhawan on Wednesday, July 8th.

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The programme was graced by the Chief Minister PS Golay as the Chief Guest. According to the Government of Sikkim Information and Public Relations Department’s press release, Sikkim Manipal Swasthya Suraksha is a health scheme initiated by Central Referral Hospital (Manipal) and sponsored by Government of Sikkim to provide added health care facilities and protection to the people from financial inabilities arising out of health setbacks.

It covers hospitalization expenses in General Ward at CRH, 5th Mile to an extent of Rs. 1 lakh on a family floater basis and offers cashless treatment along with seven free OPD visits and 10 to 30% discount on CT Scans, MRIs and other tests. Under the scheme, up to five members of the family can be enrolled in a family plan.

This scheme has taken 1,202 families and 4,900 beneficiaries under its ambit in the State till date. The benefits of the scheme can be availed from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021. Similarly, Ayushman Bharat – PMJAY is a health assurance scheme initiated by the Government of India and aims at providing health coverage of Rs. 5 lakhs annually per family for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation across public and private empanelled hospitals in India.

The CM, in his address, stressed on the need for maximum awareness on these schemes at grass-roots levels so that economically weaker section of people from every corner of the State can avail for the health facilities.

Since these are mainly planned and initiated for the economically weaker sections of the society, Sikkimese people who belong to these categories should benefit from this the most, he added.

He asserts that the health sector has always been the state government’s top priority and promised that the people of Sikkim will be provided with maximum health benefits. Further, he informed about the Mukhya Mantri Jeewan Raksha Kosh wherein the economically weaker section of people can avail for healthcare benefits.

The CM apprised that the State government will pay a premium of Rs. 2000 per annum and people who hold COI/domicile will be able to avail quality healthcare at Central Referral Hospital Manipal (CRH) for the insurance scheme.

He also shared that the scheme will be further extended from the next financial year for the benefit of less privileged of the State. He further informed about the Mobile Village Clinic services which will be initiated in all districts from the next financial year, wherein quality healthcare will be provided at the doorstep of the people.

Finally, he informed that dialysis facilities have been set up in all four districts which will be further taken up to the sub-divisional level.

Sources: Government of Sikkim IPR, Government of India databases, et al.

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