Health coverage for all: minister

Health Minister K R Ramesh Kumar said the government will provide ‘Universal Health Coverage’ to all classes of people in the state.

Replying to K Gopalaiah (JD-S) in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday, the minister said irrespective of APL or BPL status, all should get healthcare. Nobody should depend on private hospitals.

“Our plan is to extend health services to all. After being treated at a government hospital, a patient may visit private hospitals for secondary and tertiary treatment. The government will have to bear the cost in such cases. A decision in this regard will be taken at the next state Cabinet meeting,” he said.
The minister said the aim is to provide quality health cover to all sections of society, including taxi drivers, auto drivers and domestic helps.
Hearse van

Replying to Sudhakar Lal (JD-S), the minister said that the government has been providing hearse van facility in all government hospitals. The transport is provided from hospitals to places where the last rites are conducted. The government has given strict directions to hospitals to provide free hearse van facility, he added.

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