Rogi Kalyan Samiti (A Poor Patients Benefit Scheme)

Overview

The Government of Gujarat established a society for helping patients below the poverty line with medical care. In an innovative scheme the Department of Health, Government of Gujarat, has put Rs. 4 crores as fixed deposit. The interest incurred is spent on the medical expenditure of poor patients up to a limit of Rs.15, 000/ per patient. Since the program became operational a total of 944 patients have been benefited and Rs.1,23,08,400 have been spent on relief till 14th July 2004. Benefit utilization has increased in the last 2-3 years significantly. In the year 01-02 relief of 4.31 lakh was utilized which increased to 12.80 lakhs in 02-03 and 80.54 lakhs in the year 03-04.

Illnesses Covered in this Scheme

  • Major cardiac illness (including congenital heart disease) requiring coronary by-pass surgery, angioplasty, valve replacement, implantation of pacemaker etc.
  • All types of cancer
  • Major neurological problems requiring neurosurgical treatment such as head injuries, brain tumours, stroke, brain fever (encephalitis), hydrocephalus etc
  • Major nephrological problems requiring dialysis, immunotherapy, kidney transplantation, lithotripsy (for kidney stones) and other specialized procedures for kidney disease etc.
  • Major ophthalmological problems such as retinal detachment requiring laser treatment, keratoplasty and other specialized procedures for disease for the disease etc.
  • Any other super specialty treatment identified by the Governing Body.
At present this scheme is being offered at all the hospitals (CLASS-I) coming under the medical services.

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