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Free Medicine Scheme Will Continue Says Rajasthan Govt

by RajasthanDirect
Jul 31, 2014

Free Medicine Scheme in Rajasthan was implemented by the previous govt of the state in which free medicines were provided in government-run hospitals. On this Rajasthan Govt has said that the scheme will continue and will not be closed but a health insurance scheme will be linked to it.

Health Minister Rajendra Singh Rathor categorically rejected the supplementary questions of Opposition Congress MLA, Pradhyuman Singh saying the Scheme would “not be closed” and that the State government has “earmarked” a budget provision of Rs 342.46 crore in the current fiscal year 2014-15 as against Rs. 342.12 crore of the Congress government in 2013-14.

The minister said the State government was considering to introduce a health insurance scheme on the pattern of those in Karnataka, Maharashtra, West Bengal and provide a health insurance card to people with the insurance benefit of up to Rs 30,000 for normal diseases, and Rs 3 lakh for serious illnesses.

Under the CM Free Medicine Scheme, launched on October 2, 2011, altogether 18,047 drug stores were opened and the drugs were being distributed free-of-cost to patients in the hospitals, Rathor said.

Src- http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/free-medicine-scheme-to-continue/article6265793.ece

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