Karnataka Govt’s new health plan to benefit 1.4 crore families

Prime News, State, (Bengaluru), August 29:- “Treatment first and payment next” with this innovative slogan Siddaramaiah government will launch a new scheme with an intention to provide health care to about 1.4 crore families across the state on November 1, Kannada Rajyotsava day.

Law minister T B Jayachandra told the media after a meeting of the cabinet the scheme would benefit 105 lakh families which need not make any contributions. All medical facilities would be provided through Aadhar-linked Universal Health Cards.

He said in a landmark decision all seven state and national health programmes would be merged into one scheme which would benefit all people. Under Karnataka Private Medical Establishment (KPME) Act, government would fix rates for various secondary and tertiary procedures to be paid to private hospitals. Till amendment was done, Suvarna Arogya suraksha Trust (SAST) rates would apply. In emergencies defined for both accidents, and medical,surgical emergencies treatment could be provided in the nearest facility available irrespective of government or private to ensure ‘Treatment First and Payment next”.

He said all government hospitals and medical colleges with 50,000 beds would provide 1000 secondary and government (centres of excellence) would provide 500 plus tertiary services. Other services would be strategically purchased from private empanelled hospitals.

As much as Rs 869.40 crore was available under the new scheme to provide healthcare to one and all.

As announced in 2017-18 state budget, the cabinet establish super specialty hospitals on premises of Krishna Rajendra Hospital in Mysuru at a cost of Rs 123.72 crore and an additional Rs 37.25 crore to buy equipment.

In Belagavi, super speciality hospital would come up on the medical college premises at a cost of Rs 140 crore. An additional Rs 54.22 crore had been approved to buy equipment.

In Kalaburgi, it would come on the premises of medical college at a cost of Rs 107.06 crore and Rs 41.21 crore to buy equipment.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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