Saturday, August 13, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Special scheme for SC/ST patients

Special scheme for SC/ST patients
Banglore, August 12, DHNS:

The Department of Medical Education (DME), for the first time, has
come out with a special scheme to assist patients belonging to
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) communities receiving tertiary
care treatment.

Principal Secretary Gopalkrishne Gowda said on Friday that the funds –
Rs 36 crore for SC and Rs 18 crore for ST categories this year – will
be released only after the patient has availed assistance from other
health schemes.

The patients can avail Rs one lakh or the actual cost if it's within
the ceiling for the treatment of cardiac problems, cancer and kidney
diseases, said Dr C N Manjunath, Director, Sri Jayadeva Institute of
Cardiovascular Sciences and Research.

Besides, 30 children suffering from congenital heart diseases have
been undergoing surgery during the three-day national workshop that
began on Friday.


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