Free coronavirus treatment in Maharashtra; Rs 1.5 lakh cover for each family member

MUMBAI: Treatment for Covid-19 will be free in the state starting Wednesday under the command of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MJPJAY). TOI has learned that the state will bear the cost of treatment even for those who do not have the MJPJAY card or who fall into the BPL category. In addition, the state has extended insurance coverage of Rs 1.5 lakh per family to each member of the household.

“As long as a coronavirus patient is admitted to one of the partner hospitals, the cost of their treatment will be fully covered by the state. Essentially, we have insured all 12 crore citizens of the state, ”said Health Minister Rajesh Tope.

Under the scheme, the state has doubled the number of connected hospitals, to 1,000 hospitals compared to 492. We now have more than one lakh beds and about 4,000 ventilators, Tope added.

There are around 60 Mumbai hospitals, although large trust-run hospitals continue to avoid the scheme. If people are admitted to Mumbai's five-star hospitals, we may not be able to provide support, as those hospitals have not joined us. But in connected hospitals, we will cover everyone. Even people who do not have relevant documents or proof of identification will be covered, said Sudhakar Shinde, CEO of MJPJAY. By Covid patients, we don't mean those who tested positive, but the scheme will generally cover everyone who has acute respiratory distress syndrome and those who need a respirator, he added. Explaining the increased coverage for families, Shinde said Covid is extremely contagious and has affected more than one member in many families.

At first, the scheme has also connected out-of-state hospitals that serve people in neighboring districts such as Sindhudurg and Palghar. People from Sindhudurg often travel to Goa or those from Palghar to Daman-Diu. We have included such hospitals in the scheme, ”he said.

The premium to be paid by the state government has also doubled. “From 640 rupees per family, we will pay a premium of 797 rupees per family this year. This will cost the treasury an additional rupee of Rs 330, ”Shinde said. He added that at least 230 talukas have been covered under the scheme of the previous 120.

The scheme also removed 130 less popular packages and included around 170 new ones, including knee and hip replacement and psychiatric illness. The rates for certain surgeries, such as fractures, have increased from Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000. He also said that the rates for 12 dialysis sessions have been revised from Rs 10,000 to Rs 13,200.