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Why RSBY beneficiaries preferred only the empanelled private hospitals?

IT News

Imphal, Oct 12

Manipur State RSBY Society, which is under the Labour and Employment Department of the Government of Manipur have empanelled only private hospitals for implementation of the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) despite the fact that there are two major government run medical Institutions in the State.

The RSBY scheme which was launched in early 2008 by Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India was to provide health insurance coverage for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. The RSBY beneficiaries were entitled to hospitalization coverage up to Rs. 30,000/-for most of the diseases that require hospitalization.

As per report collected from the Manipur State RSBY Society, all claims between 2013 to 2018 for treatment of RSBY patients came from the Private Hospitals namely Raj Polyclinic (Now Raj Medicity), Langol View Clinic, Sky Hospital and Research center, City Hospital and Research Center, Irengbam Thamcha Devi Nursing & Health Care Research Institute and Public Hospital.

As per report submitted for treatment cost submitted by the Raj Polyclinic (Now Raj Medicity) for the year 2017-17, cases underwent treatments are General Surgery  Apendicular, Cholecystectomy , CBD exploration, Caesarean delivery, Urology related disease etc.

The charges for the treatment of the cases ranges from Rs. 15,000/- to Rs. 23, 000/-. Some cases cost just around 7000 and more.

When the cases that were treated at private hospital have been undergone at the government hospitals like Regional Medical Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) or the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of medical Sciences, the treatment cost was free except some nominal charges for conducting medical test like taking X-ray or ECG or testing of blood samples. (Now the state government has made some of the medical test at free of cost at these two hospitals).

As stated in the guidelines the beneficiaries of the RBSY were poor people living below the poverty line and the amount provided under the scheme was just Rs. 30,000/- per head of a family.

Having known the fact that RIMS and JNIMS were the most suitable hospitals for providing health care facilities of people under the categories, one wonder the motive for empanelling of only the private hospitals for the RSBY card holder patients by the Manipur State RSBY Society, which is under the Labour and Employment department of the Government of Manipur. 

While talking with some patients, Imphal Times now have many proofs of irregularities and swindling of public money under the scheme. Imphal Times is exposing the modus operandi of how those private hospitals, Manipur State RSBY Society and the New India Insurance Company fooled the common people who were RSBY beneficiaries.

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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