rajasthan: the state now leads in universal health coverage in India: Cm | Jaipur News

Jaipur: Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said on Sunday that Rajasthan has emerged as the country’s lead state in implementing universal health coverage. With more than 1.34 million families in the state linked to the Chiranjeevi Health Insurance Scheme, expensive treatment for kidney, heart, liver and bone marrow diseases is now provided free of charge.
The state government has launched ambitious schemes like Chiranjeevi and Nishulk Nirogi Rajasthan Health Insurance Scheme to provide better healthcare services and relieve people from costly treatment expenses.
Gehlot inaugurated on Sunday a mega free cardiac camp organized in Jaipur by the Shri Satya Sai Heart Hospital, Rajkot and Ahmedabad. He said the free surgery for 314 children and other heart disease sufferers was carried out under a memorandum of understanding with Shri Satya Sai Hospital.
The government has provided an amount of Rs 5,000 to take and bring children to and from Gujarat. A heart operation in a private hospital costs thousands of rupees. This hospital performs such an expensive procedure for free and it is a great service to humanity. He met the children who returned from the hospital after their recovery and gave away free heart surgery tokens to sick children.
Gehlot said steps are being taken to list more than 5,000 medicines, surgicals and sutures under Nishulk Nirogi Rajasthan Yojana. In addition, arrangements have been made for cashless treatment in all hospitals. The state government pays the insurance premium for people under the National Food Security Act, people identified in the 2011 Socio-Economic Census, contract staff, small marginal farmers and all families who received the amount ex gratia from Covid.
So far, over 72,000 cancer patients and over 35,000 heart patients have been treated under this program and over 11 lakh patients have received free treatment. The state government has spent over Rs 1400 crore from May 2021 to date. Insurance coverage under the scheme has been increased to Rs 10 lakh from Rs 5 lakh.
Gehlot said the state government is committed to providing social security to every eligible person and free medicine and treatment in hospitals is one of them. He urged the central government to implement social security nationwide. TNN
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