TN leads states in providing quality health care to poor: CM
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 11, 2010, 23:07
Chennai: Tamil Nadu leads other states in providing quality health care to the poor through innovative schemes like Kalaignar insurance scheme launched last year by the DMK government, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said today.

"There are no two opinions on the state being a leader in providing quality health care to the people. The Kalaignar insurance scheme launched in 2009 is the jewel in the crown of the DMK's four year rule," he said.

Karunanidhi said 1.44 crore people living below the poverty line have so far enrolled in the Kalaignar insurance scheme and around 69,278 persons had benefitted so far.

He was speaking at a function to felicitate Apollo Hospitals Founder-Chairman Dr Pratap C Reddy on being conferred the Padma Vibushan award.

The Chief Minister lauded Dr Reddy for conceptualising telemedicine, which helps people receive treatment in their homes and said it had proved a success in Tamil Nadu, with 100 telemedicine centres of the total of 500 nationwide being set up in the state.

"It is a matter of pride for the state and Dr Reddy should be given credit for conceptualising this scheme," he said.


First Published: Sunday, April 11, 2010, 23:07

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