Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana (DDSSY)

Around 8 lakh Goans enroll themselves in the local mediclaim scheme


Around 8 lakh goans have enrolled themselves in the Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana (DDSSY) or mediclaim scheme offered by the state government since May last year. Majority of members are from the age group of 40-60 years.

Since its launch, the ambitious mediclaim scheme has seen enrollment soar to 7.79 lakh and a premium of Rs 64.52 crore has been paid by the state. The cabinet took stock of the scheme today and the data was revealed in a presentation shown to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

“The aim of the presentation was that the members of the Cabinet should know about the benefits of the scheme and the objective of the government,” Health Minister Vishwajit Rane told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.

Under the scheme, people who have become residents of Goa are entitled to free treatment in 38 hospitals enrolled under the scheme. Of these, six are located outside Goa. The hospitals include private ones as well. Goa Electronic Limited (GEL) has provided the cards that are given to the members.

“A family of three members or less can have the cover of Rs 2.5 lakh while four or more members can avail the cover of Rs 4 lakh and above per annum,” as per the presentation.

“As per the data, 43.40 per cent of the total beneficiaries are in the age group of 40-60, while 35.42 per cent are in the age group of 61-80 years. The younger group of people between 21-40 years comprised only 14.90 per cent of the beneficiaries while 5.22 per cent of the members are in the age group of 0 to 20… 1.05 per cent of the beneficiaries are in the age group of 81-100 years,” it added.

Rs 36.59 crore was paid in total premium to different hospitals as on August 31 this year. Of which Rs 23.80 crore was paid to private operators.

“Medicines for chronic illness amounting to Rs 63.99 lakh are also covered under this scheme. The renewal of the DDSY scheme began in July this year and till date 1,32,843 people have renewed their cards,” Rane added, as quoted by PTI.

Information credit: PTI