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Fooled by CMHT At JNIMS, CMHT card holder patients cannot spend more than Rs. 1500 /- a day; Consultants send patient to private clinic for KFT, LFT and ECHO test

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Imphal, Jan 12

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh’s auspicious scheme CMHT – (Chief Minister Gi Hakshelgi Tengbang), which he launched with human touch to assure treatment facilities to marginalize citizens of the state turn out to be another joke after a heart patient admitted to JNIMS hospital have to be discharged without getting appropriate treatment as the CMHT card she had, was told to have been limited at Rs. 1500/- per day and that a medicine which cost around Rs. 5000/- and is stated to have been her life saving medicine could not be given under the CMHT.

Moreover, the consultant doctor advised her to take all sort of test including Kidney Function Test (KFT), Liver Function Test (LFT) and ECHO test among others at Babina Diagnostic Centre – which is a private clinic. The Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and Health Minister L. Jayantakumar had time and again had stated that almost all testing facilities including those directed by the doctors from JNIMS are available in the hospital and are done at hospital at free of cost for in patient.

The patient, L. Ronibala today lost all hopes, she is now counting her days on which date she will be leaving this world filled with promises of political leaders who never convert it into action.

Talking to this reporter, Ronibala said that she was admitted at JNIMS hospital on December 24, 2019 under one doctor identified as Dr. Rajendro. Since then she has been admitted to the hospital. Dr. Rajendra after examination adviced her for KFT, LFT and ECHO test at Babina Diagnostic Centre. Ronibala and her family even though is living on hand to mouth were left with no choice but to do the test on apprehension that if they question about the free testing facilities at JNIMS the doctor may not like to treat her.

As per the result Dr. Rajendra advised her for injecting Albumin medicine that cost around Rs. 5000/. As Ronibala  have CMHT card she and her family thought that the government’s blessing for the poor like her will be safe. But to her surprise, those officials at JNIMS implementing the CMHT told her that they could not gave the medicine (ALBUMIN) , as facilities provided under the CMHT card does not cover it. Those implementing officials of the CMHT at JNIMS also told them, a patient with CMHT card can spend only Rs. 1500/- per day and excess amount should be borne by them.     

As per the government notification the CMHT scheme covers cashless health protection up to Rs 2. lakh per family in a year. And Ronibala is the lone family with the CMHT card.

The government further said that by producing the CMHT-Manipur Health card at the empanelled hospitals, a beneficiary can get cashless treatment without making any payment to the empanelled hospitals up to Rs. 2 lakhs for secondary and tertiary health care per year per enrolled family on floater basis. The benefit will be applicable on hospitalization procedures only.

JNIMS is a government run hospital, since her admission to the hospital on Dec 24 , 2019 not even 1 lakh of rupees has been spend under the CMHT scheme.

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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