Mumbai teacher struggles to gather funds for his treatment

In the year 2015, Nerul’s Carlos Kasbe, suffered from paralysis. After which, he was not able to move his left hand and leg voluntarily. He couldn’t walk without support. Since two years, he is dependent on others. Also, he hasn’t got the reimbursement of the medical bills. Now, this teacher is trying to gather funds for his treatment

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Carlos served as a principal at the school Amchi Shala, Chembur. He suffered from paralysis. After which, he was not able to move his left hand and leg voluntarily. His treatment at the hospital was Rs 2.40 lakhs.  After treating him for a month, he was discharged.  But, he couldn’t walk and was unable to do his daily chores. Thinking of how he could work in school he retired.

In order to receive the reimbursement of the medical bills, he sent the bill in the year 2016, for approval. Although, a year has passed, he has received no money. As, all government teachers in the state are paid by the government for the treatment.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra Carlos Kasbe said, “There was a big question regarding the money which I needed for the treatment. But, we managed somehow. Now, I am taking physiotherapy and acupressure. The therapy and medicines cost up to is 1,600. I get Rs 25,000 as pension which is spent on the medicines. So, I am trying to get the reimbursement.”

Carlos added,” According to the government’s rule, the patient is required to send the hospital bill within one year after receiving discharge. Accordingly, I sent the bill in the year 2016. Although, a year has passed, I haven’t received money.”

Jalinder Sarode, member of Shikshak Bharti, a teachers’ association said, “The medical bills of more than 50 teachers in Mumbai have been stuck. Teachers are tired of making endless trips for money and are worried. Some teachers have even discontinued their treatment due to the lack of money.”

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Kapil Patil, elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from the teachers’ constituency said, “For the past two years, most teachers’ medical bills are stuck. For this, we had demanded a cashless scheme called ‘Savitri Fatima Family Health’. The demand has been put forth to the Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde. Though, he has assured to launch it on April 1. Still, there has been no decision taken with regards to this.”