The tender process related to the
Balasaheb Thackeray Accidental Insurance Scheme in Maharashtra
is in its final stage and its implementation will happen soon,
the Legislative Council was informed Friday.
Health Minister Deepak Sawant said once this scheme,
which seeks to ensure no accident victim is denied immediate
treatment in hospital, comes into force, the state will have
three government-sponsored health plans for citizens.
Sawant was replying to a calling attention motion over
the accident insurance scheme moved by Prasad Lad (BJP).
He said this scheme was approved on June 7, 2016 by
the state cabinet.
"However, the central government came up with the
Ayushman Bharat health scheme. We have now got clarity about
this (Balasaheb Thackeray) scheme which is in the final stage
of implementation," Sawant said.
He informed the Upper House that once this scheme is
implemented, the state will have three health plans - the
other two being Ayushman Bharat and the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule
Jan Arogya Yojana.
Under the Balasaheb Thackeray Accidental Insurance
Scheme, an accident victim will get a maximum benefit of Rs
30,000 or free treatment for 72 hours in hospital, he said.
The scheme's objective is to ensure no accident victim
is denied treatment by any hospital in the state, Sawant said.
The government had announced this scheme in 2015.
Lad said despite getting the Cabinet's approval, the
accidental insurance scheme had not been implemented till
"The result of this is that many accident victims have
not been given treatment, leading to threat to their lives,"
the BJP legislator said.
He said as accidents are increasing day by day, the
government should implement this scheme without any delay.
According to the health department, the aim of this
scheme is to provide treatment in the `golden hour' to
accident victims on any road in the state.
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