Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Karnataka Govt Considers Introducing An Insurance Scheme For All Residents

The Karnataka state government is mooting bringing out a mass insurance scheme which will provide healthcare cover to all citizens in the state.

Speaking after the launch of the Nagara Yashasvini scheme for the members of Cooperative institutions in City and Urban areas, Chief Minister Mr. Siddaramaiah said, “It is the duty of the state government to provide healthcare facilities to poor and middle class people."

The Yashasvini scheme has gained tremendous response in rural areas. Since it was first launched in 2003 for rural areas, it had so far helped over 6 lac members with treatment costing Rs. 543 crore.

To avail the benefits of the Yashasvini scheme for rural co-operative members have to pay an annual premium of Rs. 210. They can enrol all members of the family in the scheme from a newborn to members aged below 75. Under the scheme, they can get treatment for as many as 823 kinds of health problems at about 496 identified hospitals.

'We want to extend this scheme to those who are not members of the Cooperative institutions by introducing a mass insurance scheme,' Mr. Siddaramaiah added.

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