Karnataka Arogya Bhagya Scheme (Free Medical Help Yojana) And Health card
The state government of Karnataka has announced the launch of new health scheme termed as Arogya Bhagya scheme. The new scheme is launched under the UHC (Universal Health Coverage) by the state government. Under the new launched scheme it is certain that the government aims at offering people with free medical help.
- The new free health care scheme was approved by the cabinet in August 2017.
- The state’s Chief Minister Mr. Siddaramaiah had announced the launch of the new scheme after cabinet’s approval.
- The state government has also announced that the new launched scheme in the state will be implemented starting from November 2017 to celebrate the Kannada Rajyotsava Divas.
- On this day it is certain that the government shall distribute Health cards so people can take full benefit of this scheme.
Key Features of the scheme
- Under the new scheme it is certain that the state government will provide free medical help for over 14 million families in the state.
- To make the implementation of the scheme in the state more effective it is certain that the state government will also issue Health care cards to the people.
- The health care card issued by the state government will be linked with their Aadhar card so that the patients can avail medical treatment for free in private as well as government hospitals.
- It is certain that under the new launched scheme the state government will try and merge over 7 different health care schemes already operational within the state.
- To make the implementation of the scheme more effective it is certain that the state’s cabinet has already approved the set budget of Rs 869.4 crore for the fiscal year 2017-18.
- It is also certain that the set budget would also include the overall cost of integrating other 7 health care schemes with the new scheme in the state.
Beneficiary under the scheme
- The state government has also announced that the beneficiaries under the scheme will be divided into two separate categories Group A and Group B.
- Group A beneficiaries will include 10.5 million families of Government school teacher’s, farmers, SC / ST workers, Anganwadi workers, Unorganized workers, Sanitation (Municipal) workers, Media professionals and Public servants.
- Group B beneficiaries would include over 3 million families who have not been included under Group A beneficiary and come from both Urban as well as Rural areas.
How it works?
- To make the implementation of the scheme effective for all the state government will first issue Aadhar linked health cards to each of the beneficiary such that the beneficiary can take medical treatment from private and government owned hospitals.
- Beneficiaries under Group A will be offered with treatment absolutely for free so at the time of treatment they may not have to pay any money. This means that the scheme will be offered to them for free.
- Families under the Group B will have to make small amount of contribution towards the scheme such that people coming from Rural areas will have to pay only 300 rupees for each family member while those coming from Urban areas will have to pay only 700 rupee towards the scheme for each family member.
- Apart from this the state government will also work out the cost for each of the tertiary and secondary treatments under the scheme for private as well as state owned government hospitals.
- For emergency cases it is certain that the patient can get treatment under the scheme in government as well as private hospitals but the payment has to be made by the patient after the treatment has been completed.
According to Political analyst Chandan Chawda, it is certain that the implementation of the new scheme can be considered as a very bold move made by the state government towards offering proper health care for the people of the state.