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Govt launches Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana.

Panaji: The government celebrated the Goa Statehood Day by launching the Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana (DDSSY), the health insurance scheme for all the people residing in the state for 5 and more years. Speaking at the launching ceremony held at the Dinanath Magueshkar auditorium of Kala Academy, Panaji, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that Goa is the first state in the country to have a health insurance scheme for all its people irrespective of their financial status.“Irrespective of the financial status, all people of the state are eligible to enroll and benefit from the scheme,” he stated. He informed that a family of upto three members will be covered for an amount of Rs 2.5 lakhs per annum, and a family with four or more members will get a cover of upto Rs 4 lakhs per year. The government will pay an annual installment of Rs 3,206 per family to the insurance company.“If the expenses go beyond the cover limits under the insurance scheme, which is applicable in all hospitals, government as well as private, the patient will have to take the further treatment in a government hospital,” he added.Parsekar further said that by launching the scheme, the government intends to lessen the burden on the GMC.“On several occasions, we come across the news that due to non-availability, patients are not given beds, but through this policy, people will be able to take benefit from the private hospitals,” he added. Health Minister Francis D’Souza informed that the DDSSY would cover 447 types of investigations and related surgeries. He said that the insurance policy covers hospitalisation, medication as well as the cost of surgeries in government and empanelled private hospitals.“The insurance policy will cover treatment for about 276 types of diseases in the government hospitals and investigations and medications besides hospitalisation for treatment of 147 diseases in the private hospitals,” he added. Stating that the BJP-led government has fulfilled around 85-90 percent of the promises made to the people on the eve of the 2012 assembly election, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that all efforts have been made not to leave any scope for misuse of the policy, and the process led to the delay in launching the scheme.“While putting up hospitals, a huge sum of money is invested for setting up infrastructure and equipment. When patients don’t pay the hospital, all sorts of malpractices commence. I have witnessed this not only here but also in the Defence Ministry,” he added. The government has tied-up with the United India Insurance Company Ltd for the insurance scheme, and the technical partner for providing the insurance cards will be Goa Electronics Ltd (GEL). In all, 16 centres across the state will be set-up by GEL for registration and issuance of the insurance scheme cards. [NT]

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