State soon to launch Balasaheb Thackeray accidental insurance scheme

Yearly, thousands of people succumb to road accidents. In order to save these precious lives, the Maharashtra government is set to launch ‘Balasaheb Thackeray accidental insurance scheme’. The policy aims to provide treatment to the accident victim within the golden hour

With the implementation of the ‘Balasaheb Thackeray accidental insurance scheme’, the state government wants to assure that, no victim is denied treatment in the hospital’s due to non-availability of funds, immediately after the accident occurs.

Dr Deepak Sawant, the state health minister, spoke about the state’s new policy at Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) healthcare conclave 2017, held at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai, to discuss various aspects of the National Health Policy 2017.

Elaborating about the government’s proposed policy, Dr Deepak Sawant informed, “’Balasaheb Thackeray accident benefit scheme’ will be introduced for the all the accident victims who travel across Maharashtra state, irrespective of where the person originally belongs. So people travelling from all over India who get injured in the road accidents in Maharashtra will be covered under this insurance scheme.”

He further said, “The accident victim will get maximum benefit of Rs 30,000, for 48 hours, for his treatment. So that, no accident victim can be denied treatment by the hospital.”

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Principle secretary Department of Health and family welfare, Government of Maharashtra, Predeep Vyas said, “The idea is to provide medical care within the golden period, and the victim doesn’t need to be the domicile of Maharashtra. Government is designing 3 special packages based on the intensity of the injury. We are in process of empaneling various hospitals across the state under this insurance scheme.”

As per National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) data, Maharashtra ranks second in the road mishaps after Tamilnadu. In 2014, Maharashtra had recorded 61,627 mishaps, which claimed 12,803 lives.