In a bid to promote free health treatment for the needy in Rajasthan, CM Vasundhara Raje launched Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana: a weapon that ensured financial assistance for 1045 diseases in private and public hospitals. The scheme offered insurance cover worth 30,000 to 3 lakh to the deprived BPL families. Strengthening the scheme further, the CM added 300 new perks to Bhamashah Bima Yojana yesterday. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Raje with Rajasthan health department.
Rajasthan’s Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana, compared to health-oriented schemes run by other states, offers the lowest premium. To make it more convenient and beneficial for the natives, the CM instructed health officers to implement this flagship scheme in a more efficient manner. Taking a step in this direction, the government added 300 new perks to the existing scheme.
The provisions were added during a meeting attended by health minister Mr. Kalicharan Saraf, Finance Secretary Ms. Manju Rajpal, National Health Mission Director Mr. B L Kothari and other key officials of the state.
The government included specialty treatment for patients in psychiatry, neurology, gastrology and nephrology units. These additional provisions will be added to the scheme soon. Before developing the Bhamashah insurance cover, Rajasthan’s flagship health program, the department of health did a comparative analysis of other healthcare programs to make it more accessible and convenient for the customers.
Considering that the scheme is beneficial for the people, the government will expand its provisions. More diseases and hospitals will be added to the list to ensure that the scheme can benefit maximum people. According to Ms. Veenu Gupta, Chief Secretary, Rajasthan health department, around 12, 17,656 claims worth Rs 633 crores have been made in last three years. Out of these, the government has sanctioned Rs 500 crores for 10 lakh claims till date. On an average, 3500 insurance claims are being made every day.
The details of additional perks will be released in public soon.