In the last five years, Maharashtra government has provided financial help to more than 22,633 needy patients through the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. The financial aid has been provided towards aliments, surgeries and treatment cost.
The facts, which have emerged through a Right to Information (RTI) query, reveals that the state government has disbursed over Rs242 crore towards the medical aid, whereas over 3,100 applications seeking medical help have been rejected, those which didn’t meet the criteria.
A patient can avail this monetary aid facility through the Chief Minister Relief Fund after fulfilling accepted norms as per stipulated guidelines of the government
According to RTI, in the last five years, 21,943 patients with varying diseases have been given medical aid worth Rs183 crore. Close to 690 people, which include those who have suffered severe burns, fire and accidental victims, and those who needed artificial organ transplantation, have been provided the financial assistance worth approximately Rs59.37 crore.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, RTI activist Anil Galgali, said, “Chief Minister’s Relief Fund is popular among needy people. Thousands avail the medical financial assistance facility, but the audit is not done for a number of years now. The government should conduct an audit immediately.”
Galgali further demanded that transparency should be maintained, for which the state should upload the information online for general public to access.
In order to provide health care facilities in rural areas, Maharashtra has launched a massive campaign called Pandit Dindayal Upadhyay Healthy Maharashtra Campaign. The state wants to make sure that health care reaches grass-root level and needy people should benefit from it
Medical Education Department has already identified six districts for the campaign and as part of it, the state recently organised a mega health care camp in tribal district of Nandurbar, which was attended by over 3 lakh patients.
Among the visiting patients who were benefitted by the camp was an auto driver from Nashik, Vikas Phukate, who underwent obesity surgery in Nagpur without shelling a penny. Obesity surgery usually costs between Rs2to Rs3 lakh. Phukate received the funds through the Chief Minister’s Medical Aid Fund.