Soaring medical costs a serious issue: Antony
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2012, 18:59
  
Thiruvananthapuram: Even as medical science is progressing with the help of various advancements, treatment expenses are also soaring along with them, breaking the "backbone" of many a family, Defence Minister A K Antony said here on Sunday.

"Though medical science is progressing, the treatment expenses are also going up steeply in the country.

No disease is incurable today but people die as they could not find huge amounts for treatment," he said here while distributing medical aids under the 'Karunya Benevolent Fund' launched by the Kerala Government.

The scheme is financed by proceeds from the 'Karunya' lottery of the state government.

"Not only poor people, but even the middle class families are finding it difficult to afford the huge cost of medicines and hospital expenses.

In many cases, the financial backbone of the entire family is broken by hospital expenses these days," Antony said.

The minister also distributed the treatment assistance, allotted to a number of selected patients suffering from various ailments, under the 'Karunya Benevolent Fund' scheme.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the funds for the patients are collected through the sale of 'Karunya' lottery under the aegis of the State Lottery Department.

State Finance Minister K M Mani said the new scheme would be a great solace for a large number of people suffering from heart ailments, cancer and kidney problems.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, February 26, 2012, 18:59


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