Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane on Monday announced that ICICI Lombard Health Insurance Company has won the bid for universal health insurance scheme in Goa surpassing six other bidders including National Insurance Company, Royal Sundaram, TATA AIG and others.
Addressing media persons, Rane informed that ICICI Lombard had quoted the lowest premium for the state-financed scheme, which will cover more than 3.5 lakh households with five or less members in them.
This scheme will be implemented from September 2011 which Chief Minister Digambar Kamat had unveiled during the recent state budget in which every household would be eligible for preliminary and secondary health care up to Rs 60,000, annually. Goa will be the first state to implement such scheme; he said adding that the State has already covered super specialty treatments under its mediclaim scheme.
Cashless cards would be provided to the beneficiaries who can enter in any empanelled hospitals and get the treatment including admission absolutely free, he informed.
Pointing out that the beneficiaries would be able to take treatment at several private hospitals spread across the state, he said that only those people living in Goa since last 5 years would be eligible.