Health scheme extended for urban co-op members

Health scheme extended for urban co-op members

The State government on Tuesday extended Yeshaswini health insurance scheme for members of cooperative societies to urban areas also under Nagara Yeshaswini Scheme. The scheme would be implemented from June 1.

Any person, who has been a member of cooperative societies in urban area for a minimum period of three months, would be eligible to enrol as member under the scheme along with family members and avail health insurance benefits worth Rs 2 lakh. Members will have to pay an annual subscription of Rs 1,010. Also, a concession of Rs 200 would be given to those coming under SC/ST categories. 

Launching the scheme, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said Rs 50 crore is being spent annually on Yeshaswini scheme in rural areas. 

“An additional Rs 10 crore would be given to implement this in urban areas.” The same would be assessed for a year and if need be, more funds allocated. 

The scheme would address health concerns of people in middle and lower economic strata of society. 

The scheme would benefit labourers, auto drivers and other working communities. As many as 823 health issues and surgical procedures have been covered under the same for which 496 network hospitals  have been empanelled. 

Cooperation Minister H S Mahadeva Prasad said more than 75 lakh members from various cooperatives have registered for the ten-year-old scheme. 

“We estimate an additional 30 to 40 lakh members would be enrolled this year,” he added. 

Doctors from private network hospitals empanelled under the same were felicitated for their contribution.