North Gazette News/Chandigarh
Punjab Health Minister Surjeet Kumar Jayani on Wednesday directed government hospitals to identify cancer patients belonging to BPL families in their hospitals to provide them funds for their treatment from the State Illness Fund.
Jayani passed these orders in the 10th Governing Body Meeting of Punjab Nirogi Society that manages State Illness Fund in Punjab.
It is pertinent to mention here that annual corpus of Rs 20 crores has been made available by the Punjab Government under the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for treatment of cancer patients.
Under the scheme, Rs 1.5 lakh is being provided for the treatment of cancer patients belonging to BPL families undergoing treatment in Government and in empanelled private hospitals. So far, Rs 211.00 crores has been disbursed to 18000 cancer patients in the state under the scheme.
Jayani said that Indian government in collaboration with the state government has rolled out Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna for providing health benefits to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families.
The scheme entails providing cashless treatment up to Rs 30000 to a BPL family per annum. Under this scheme, the definition of BPL family is a unit of five members which includes head of the family, spouse and three dependents.
As per the scheme provisions, each enrolled BPL family was issued a smart card entitling the family to avail treatment from empanelled public as well as private hospitals. The scheme was being implemented through the duly selected Insurance Companies.