Panaji: The Goa government on Friday announced
an ambitious health insurance scheme that would provide cover
to its citizens from all kinds of medical emergencies.
Chief Minister Digamber Kamat said that the State Cabinet
has approved the scheme named `Swarnajayanti Arogya Yojna`, as
the state will enter the golden jubilee year of its liberation
from Portuguese rule on December 19, has an upper ceiling of
Rs 60,000 annually.
"The family of five people can avail this benefit even
for their treatment in private hospitals," Kamat told
reporters after the State Cabinet meeting at Porvorim here.
"The money paid for medicines can also be reimbursed
under this scheme," he added.
Kamat said many people were finding it difficult to bear
the expense of medical treatments at private hospitals and
"the scheme will lend them financial help."
The state government has decided to give a card for each
citizen, which will be honoured by private hospitals.
The chief minister said the state will tie up with an
insurance company to provide the health cover.