Unorganised sector to get health cover

Unorganised sector to get health cover

Family of 5 members will get medical benefits of up to Rs 30,000 per year

In an attempt to encourage people to go to doctors instead of quacks, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna will be extended to domestic workers, street vendors, railway porters and hawkers across the Capital, announced state health minister A K Walia.

The move will help eight lakh families comprising at least 40 lakh members. The scheme currently covers below poverty line, and vulnerable families identified by Mission Convergence and the construction workers registered with Delhi building as well as other construction workers welfare board. About one lakh families are covered under it.

The meeting was attended by representatives from the three civic bodies, NDMC, northern railway, divisional commissioner, Delhi Medical Association, oriental insurance company and labour department which is the nodal authority to implement the scheme. Walia said more people are being covered so that they don not go to quacks or take loans for medical treatment.

The registration for the potential beneficiaries is likely to commence next month.
Domestic workers can approach resident welfare associations or sub-division magistrate of the area, and the vendors can go to the office of local bodies. Railway porters can contact the local railway authorities. Details can also be obtained through shramik
helpline number 12789 (toll free).

By making a token payment of Rs 30, a beneficiary family comprising five members becomes entitled to medical benefits of up to Rs 30,000 per year from empanelled hospitals. The scheme also reimburses transport cost to the extent of Rs 100 per admission.

The premium under it is paid by the Central government and Delhi government on behalf of the beneficiary. The beneficiary does not have to make any payment for the treatment. He is issued a smart card having essential information of the family that makes him entitled for treatments.

It can also be split in case the family’s head and beneficiary are staying separately. They both can use the card concurrently.