PMC refuses to increase health cover for elderly, says no funds
The proposal was tabled by Deputy Mayor Deepak Mankar before the Women and Child Welfare Committee. “It is impossible for poor old people to pay the increased hospital bills. Thus, the PMC should provide health insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh to poor people who are above 80 years,” he said.
The committee referred the proposal to the administration for its opinion. The administration last week gave its decision against such a facility. The PMC provides financial assistance of maximum up to Rs 1 lakh to urban poor earning less than Rs 1 lakh per annum. However, the benefit of financial assistance is restricted to 50 per cent of the hospital bill and maximum up to Rs 1 lakh.
Mankar said in many cases, the financial assistance offered by the PMC is falling short for the elderly patients taking treatment in various city hospitals and they cannot raise the remaining amount. “Therefore, it would be better to increase the assistance from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh.”
In its response, the civic administration said 5,570 people had registered under the scheme in 2011-12, of which 4,678 availed of the scheme. The PMC sanctioned funds of Rs 4 crore from the budgetary allocation of Rs 7 crore for the scheme.
In 2012-13, 4,500 people have got registered so
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