State Government was committed to provide better healthcare facilities to every person and various health schemes were being implemented to provide free of cost treatment to those categories who were unable to afford treatment due to economic reasons. Stating this here today, Health Minister Vipin Singh Parmar said that under Himachal Pradesh Universal Health Protection Scheme (HPUHPS), three lakh persons had been provided free of cost treatment by spending Rs. 166.85 crore.He said State was implementing its own scheme namely, Mukhya Mantri State Health Care Scheme for categories which are not covered under RSBY such as Sr. Citizens above 80 years of age, Ekal Naaris, Anganwari Workers/Helpers, Mid-Day meal workers, Part Time Workers, Daily Wage Workers, Contract Employees and Persons with more than 70 percent disability. He said more than 1.05 lakh smart cards had been issued under the Scheme which was being implemented on assurance mode. Cashless treatment of Rs. 6.25 crore to the 8000 patients has been given, he added.Health Minister said that with a view to provide basic and critical care coverage to families not covered under any health scheme, the State had launched Himachal Pradesh Universal Health Protection Scheme.
The beneficiary family would pay Rs. 1/- per day i.e. Rs. 365/- in a year for their health protection under the scheme. As of today, 41260 families had been registered under the scheme. The enrollment process was on and there was target to enroll about 5 lakh families. The scheme is providing health assurance coverage of Rs. 30,000/- for common ailments, Rs. 1.75 lakh for critical diseases. For cancer the critical care limit is Rs. 2.25 lakh per year on family floater basis.He said online registration facility had been started and the family will register online by paying premium of Rs. 365/- and visit the enrollment station for giving the biometric, photograph etc. and collect the smart card. Cashless treatment of Rs. 60 lakh to more than 1200 patients had been given under the scheme, he added.Minister informed that under Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY): BPL, MGNREGA Workers, Building & Other Construction workers, Street Vendors, Sanitation Workers, Rag Pickers, Auto Rickshaw & Taxi Drivers and Handloom weavers were covered. At present 483643 smart card holder families had been covered under the scheme in the State and were eligible to avail the cashless treatment till 30th September, 2018. Cashless treatment of Rs. 160 crore to 2.80 lakh patients had been given, he added.