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No More Free Medical Services For Maharashtra, Karnataka Patients

With an aim to reduce the burden of patients arriving from neighbouring states of Maharashtra and Karnataka, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Tuesday informed that the in-patient treatment in all Government-run facilities would be charged except for those holding card availed under the Swarnajayanti Aarogya Bima Yojana scheme.

The State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ICICI Lombard to provide health Insurance cover for the entire residents of Goa under the ‘Swarnajayanti Aarogya Bima Yojana’. Under this scheme, cashless cards would be provided to the beneficiaries.

With this, the patients from neighbouring states of Maharashtra and Karnataka availing of free medical services of the State Government will have to pay for it in future.

Almost 30 per cent of Goa Medical College and Hospital patients are from border districts of the neighbouring states. Rane said these patients can avail facilities like Out Patient Department (OPD), but in-patient services like admissions would be charged.

This is the first time ever in the country that a state Government is providing a health Insurance cover to all residents of the state. Families residing in Goa for more than 5 years can avail of this scheme. Nominal charges would be applied for those without cards.”We will start charging after three months when the scheme takes shape,” Rane said.

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