Chief Minister Digambar Kamat informed the Goa Legislative Assembly on Friday that a new mediclaim scheme was being formulated to ensure that people do not face any problems while availing it. The disclosure came when the House was discussing a Private Member’s Resolution moved by Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Damodar Naik representing the Fatorda constituency.
Damodar Naik had moved the resolution seeking to increase the income limit of those eligible for the Mediclaim scheme from Rs. 1.5 lakhs to Rs. 2.5 lakhs arguing that many genuine cases are rejected because of the lower limit.
Deputy Speaker Mauvin Godinho joined Damodar Naik to demand an increase in the ceiling of income and claimed that people are submitting false income certificates to avail the scheme.
Admitting that it was the government’s duty to provide health care to the people, the chief minister assured that the middle income group would also be brought within the ambit of the new scheme and further assured that the new ceiling of income will be made applicable for all pending cases also.
Following this assurance, the resolution was withdrawn,
DIALYSIS SCHEME: Earlier in the day, during the Question Hour, the chief minister had promised to review the Dialysis Scheme following a demand from the Opposition benches to that effect.
The government is currently providing financial assistance of up to Rs. 15,000 per month for patients undergoing dialysis in government hospital and also reimburses the dialysis cost when the same is done in private hospitals.
While admitting that each dialysis costs around Rs. 2,000, the chief minister however pointed out that people opt for the treatment at private hospitals even when complications are not anticipated. Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar quipped that this was because at government hospitals proper treatment was not being given.
As members argued that the assistance given by the government was not sufficient, the chief minister promised to review the scheme.