Nagpur: The financial assistance provided by the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for medical treatment of the needy has brought smiles on the faces of around 800 patients from Nagpur and Amravati Divisions. A Special Cell of Chief Minister’s Medical Relief Fund was started at Hyderabad House office of Chief Minister for the purpose of providing financial assistance to poor patients having less than Rs 1 lakh annual income.
The Special Cell was set up to extend medical relief assistance to poor patients who needed heart surgeries, victims who suffered serious head injuries in accidents, all types of cancer patients, and patients below 50 years of age suffering from Cerebrovascular Episode (CVE). Till January end, around 750-800 patients were provided with financial assistance provided by the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for medical treatment. The amount was deposited directly in the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. A fund of Rs 10 crore has been made available for Chief Minister’s Medical Relief Fund.
Sixty percent of patients suffering from serious ailments who received the financial assistance were in the age group of 19-60 years.
An executive committee has been set up. The applications received by this committee are approved medical assistance in accordance with the laid down norms of State Government.
Now, transplant operations of liver, bone marrow, heart too included in the list and the patient can get assistance up to Rs 3 lakh. Until now, the maximum assistance that was provided for the needy from the CM’s Relief Fund for their medical expenses was Rs 2 lakh. This has now been increased to Rs 3 lakh. The State Government hiked the amount of financial assistance that can be given to people for medical treatments from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund in January last year. And the assistance has also been extended to cover more complicated and expensive surgeries.