15 Aug 2012
Patna: Labor Resources Minister Janardan Singh Sigriwal, on Tuesday, inaugurated what is being dubbed as the 'Cashless Medical Treatment' plan so patients with limited financial means could get full medical care at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and other government hospitals in the state.
Sigriwal said that under the scheme, people living below the poverty level would be given 'smart cards' that would entitle them free medical treatment at all government hospitals.
"Though most hospitals already provide free treatment to the poor people, sometimes more money is needed for medicines or outside tests. This smart card will come very handy in such times," he said adding within a month, all government hospitals would be connected with the National Health Insurance Scheme making it easier for the deserving people to obtain the smart card.
Sigriwal also warned the middlemen and insurance companies to not play with the lives of the patients and any complaint against them would cost them dearly.