Panaji, July 9 (IBNS) The Goa government has decided to disband its existing universal mediclaim scheme as it intends to raise the reimbursement benefit from Rs 60,000 to Rs 2 lakh.
“The scheme is being reworked so that patients taking treatment in Goa or from government recognized hospitals outside the state can claim reimbursement till Rs 2 lakh,” Health Minister Laxmikant Parsekar announced during media briefing on Monday.
He said that ICICI Lombard which implements the scheme will be approached again with the revised proposal.
The then Congress government had introduced the existing ‘Swamajayanti Arogya Bima Yojna’ entitling each family in the state for cashless treatment upto Rs 60,000.
Parsekar said if the insurance company agrees with the revised rates, then the agreement will continue or else a new tender will be advertised.
“The benefit has been revised so that all hospitals can be covered. Several private practitioners did not wish to get covered under the existing scheme as it had not prescribed enough amount for various ailments,” he said.
Once the revised scheme is approved, the existing scheme will be disbanded in phased manner.