More poor residents to benefit from PMC’s healthcare scheme

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More poor residents to benefit from PMC’s healthcare scheme PUNE: More people from poorer sections of society are likely to benefit from the healthcare scheme offered by the Pune Municipal Corporation to the urban poor as the civic body has planned a 100% increase in the income ceiling for the beneficiaries.

At present, citizens with an income of Rs 1 lakh per annum are eligible for the scheme, but soon the income limit will be hiked to Rs 2 lakh. The scheme, which is meant for families living below poverty line (BPL), was started on January 26, 2010. The civic body pays medical bills up to Rs 1lakh. As many as 44 private hospitals are designated under the scheme.

“Details about the finance and funds for the scheme were discussed by party members on Tuesday. The civic administration has been told to submit a report on it. A decision will be taken after 15 days,” said Yogesh Mulik, chairman of the standing committee.

To avail of the benefit, citizens have to register themselves for the scheme. Documents like income certificate, identity and residence proof are needed for membership. After completing the process, an identity card is issued to members.

The card is valid for one year. Renewal of membership is mandatory after that. The family members of the card holder too can avail of the benefit. They include spouse, mother and father, and two children below 25 years. Members are supposed to take treatment in general wards of private hospitals which are empanelled by the civic body.

On an average 15,000 to 20,000 patients take benefit of the scheme every year. The PMC has a budgetary provision of Rs 25 crore for the scheme in the current fiscal.

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