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Goa to increase health insurance cover for citizens to Rs. 2 lakh

The ceiling has been raised to Rs. 2 lakh so that all hospitals in Goa could be empanelled

July 11, 2012 5:18 IST | India Infoline News Service
The Goa government will rework the universal medical insurance scheme covering its population by increasing the benefit to Rs. 2 lakh from Rs. 60,000, state health minister Laxmikant Parsekar said. The ceiling has been raised to Rs. 2 lakh so that all hospitals in Goa could be empanelled.

The scheme called Swarnajayanti Arogya Bima Yojna was launched in 2011. It had the provision to empanel the private hospitals where cashless health insurance of Rs. 60,000 per family was provided for all kind of treatments. Under the scheme, patients were allowed reimbursement for various health treatments, including those who were admitted outside Goa.

The contract to implement the scheme for entire Goa population was won by ICICI Lombard. Mr Parsekar said that ICICI Lombard will be approached with the reworked rates. Several private practitioners had expressed their unwillingness to endorse the scheme as it had prescribed a meagre amount for various ailments.

The health minister also said since the universal medical insurance scheme is being reworked, the existing mediclaim scheme implemented by the state government would be disbanded in a phased manner.

The state government has also decided that doctors attached to the government hospitals can be paid additional remuneration depending on the cases handled by them, once universal medical insurance scheme is implemented.

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