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Govt provides assistance to needy patients under various welfare schemes: Bali Bhagat

SRINAGAR, May 27: The Minister For Health & Medical education Bali Bhagat today informed the House that there are various schemes under which poor patients are provided the financial assistance by the government.

The Minister, while replying to a question raised by Mr. Yasir Reshi in the Legislative Council, said that poor patients can avail financial assistance under various schemes like Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi (RAN), Medical Aid Trust(MAT), Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakaram(RBSK), Cancer treatment management fund for poor (CTMFFP) for treatment of cancer, Heart diseases etc…

He said that Union Ministry of Family Welfare provides financial assistance to the BPL patients suffering from life threatening diseases under Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi Scheme. The financial assistance is admissible for treatment of the BPL patients in government hospitals only.

 He further said that that the Union Ministry also provides financial assistance under Union Health Ministers Discretionary Grant to the poor/indigent patients whose annual family income is up to Rs 75000/- and the cost of treatment is Rs 1 lakh. He said patients are eligible for the grant for treatment in Government hospitals only on production of application form duly filled by the applicant, the medical certificate and income certificate

The Minister said under Jammu and Kashmir Medical Aid Trust scheme the cases for Financial, Medical assistance in favour of patients are recommended by the concerned Deputy Commissioners after verifying the financial status of the patients through the concerned Tehsildars.

Medical certificates issued by the Institutions/ Hospitals within and outside the state where patients are registered for treatment/surgery indicating the cost and course of treatment are also enclosed by the concerned Deputy Commissioners while recommending such cases.

He said these cases are then placed before the Medical Aid Committee and the Committee after examining the cases as well as financial status of the patients recommends suitable financial assistance on merits of each case depending upon the nature of the disease, cost of treatment, financial status of the patient and also availability of the funds under the said scheme.

The Minister said that National Health Mission a scheme called Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) has been launched by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare from the year 2013-14 which aims at screening children from 0 to 18 years of age for Defect at birth, Diseases, Deficiencies and Development delays including disabilities.  

He said that since being implemented in the state in 2013-14 in the state ,so far, 308 children who were suffering from congenital heart diseases have been provided financial assistance for their treatment, surgical intervention at District Hospitals, Government Medical Colleges of the State, SKIMS Soura, AIIMS New Delhi and PGI Chandigarh.

Under Cancer Treatment and Management Fund for Poor (CTMFFP) the Minister informed the house that only permanent residents of the J&K State whose family income does not exceed Rs 20,000/- per month shall be eligible to receive the financial assistance under the fund.

He further said that Dialysis facility at Sub-district level hospitals is not feasible, however, national dialysis programme has been recently announced by MOH & FW, GOI under National Health Mission for providing free dialysis to poor patients at District hospitals in a PPP mode. The proposal in this regard shall be submitted to the Union in Program-implementation-Plans (PIP) of 2016-17.



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