All Maharashtra citizens will get free medical coverage: state health minister

JALNA: Health Minister Rajesh Tope announced that all citizens will be covered by the state government's health plan, and Maharashtra will be the first state to provide free and cashless insurance protection to its people.

Speaking to reporters after the Maharashtra Day event in Jalna on Friday, Tope said that 85 percent of the state's population was covered by Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MJPJAY) today and the coverage will be extended to 15 percent.

A memorandum was signed to include the government, semi-government employees and white ration card holders in the scheme in a bid to prevent private individuals from overcharging patients, he said.

The government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the General Association of Public Sector Insurance (GIPSA) for the treatment of patients with Covid-19 in private hospitals in Pune and Mumbai, he said.

Similarly, different packages will be designed for all diseases, to standardize treatment in all hospitals, the minister said.

Previously, 496 hospitals were covered by the scheme, but now more than 1,000 hospitals will be subject to it, he said.

Under the Disaster Management Act and the Epidemic Act, the state government has limited the fees for Covid-19 treatment in private hospitals, the minister said.

Hospitals that have no ties to the GIPSA will also have to standardize their treatment rates, he added.