7% of those registered for DDSSY have benefitted so far

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Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday informed that out of the 2.21 lakh families – 7,79,826 population – enrolled under the Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojna, altogether 12,936 have raised their health procedure-related claims, with 7 per cent of the families directly benefitting from this health insurance scheme.
“As the time progresses, the scheme is expected to annually benefit 10 per cent of the families registered under it, which is the exact medical requirement of Goa according to the social index of the state and the DDSSY survey,” he added.
The Chief Minister earlier attended a presentation on the DDSSY, at the state Secretariat. The scheme was launched on September 1, 2016.
Later, speaking to pressmen, he said that till date claims amounting to Rs 12.78 crore as linked to government hospitals, including the Goa Medical College Hospital have been settled, while some more amounting to Rs 4 crore to Rs 5 crore would be settled soon. “Till now the government has given pre-authorisation for a premium amount totalling Rs 47.13 crore as related to this health insurance scheme,” he noted, revealing that the insurance company has been paid a premium of Rs 64.52 crore, till date.
Parrikar also maintained that certain medical procedures, which are not required, would not be included in the scheme. The scheme presently covers altogether 447 medical procedures.
Speaking further, the Chief Minister said that only 270 claims under the DDSSY have been rejected, making the rejection rate a paltry less than one-and-a-half per cent. “We have also asked the concerned state level committee to go through all the rejected claims, with 40 to 50 claims in the list of rejection expected to be accepted,” he added.
Parrikar also informed that out of the 2.21 lakh DDSSY cards issued, 1.46 lakh cards have already been renewed. “I am earnestly requesting all such card holders to go for renewal of their cards, at the earliest by paying just Rs 200 per card,” he appealed.
The scheme, whose initial tenure was 12 months – from September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017 – has been extended for another three months, for the purpose of continuity. In its extension period, the scheme will be reviewed in terms of its better coverage, efficient facilities, more hospitals, and so on, while some of the lacunae in it would be eliminated. The scheme, in its reviewed form, will come out from December 1, 2017, after which new registrations would commence.
Replying to a question as regards inclusion of families of the government employees, under the DDSSY, the Chief Minister said that the government employees would be able to register only after the DDSSY comes out in its reviewed form.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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