`1.43 cr families covered under health insurance scheme`
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 18:50
Chennai: A total of 1.43 crore families have been enrolled under Tamil Nadu Government's health insurance scheme for poor people so far and over 30,000 patients have already benefited from it, state Health Minister M R K Paneer Selvam on Tuesday said.

Since its launch last year, 30,508 people have been provided treatment under 'Kalaignar Insurance Scheme for Life Saving Treatments' at a cost of Rs 102.17 crore, he said at a function in the Apollo Hospitals here.

They included 4,672 heart patients, 6,860 people who underwent bone and joint related surgeries, 3,300 kidney patients and 4,500 cancer patients, he said adding 63 persons had been treated by the Apollo Hospitals.

Referring to Apollo Hospitals Chairman Pratap C Reddy being chosen for the Padma Vibushan award, the Minister said it was one of the "happiest days" for state government.

"Chief Minister M Karunanidhi always wanted quality treatment should reach the poor. I am glad Apollo Hospitals has offered their excellent service," he said.

Reddy thanked Karunanidhi for recommending his name for the Padma award. "Chennai which is considered the Detroit of Asia (for emerging as a major automobile hub) would also be the preferred destination for healthcare," he said.

Reddy, however, said lack of infrastructure and shortage of health care still remained a "challenge". Around one lakh beds would be required in another 10 years as the country was becoming a capital for diabetes, kidney ailments and cancer.

He stressed the need for a stimulus package for health care sector.


First Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 18:50

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