Karunya health scheme: Renew health cards from April 1
Harippad: People can renew their health cards issued under Karunya health scheme from April 1. The first phase of the renewal will be conducted at government hospitals and selected private hospitals.
As per the government’s revised health scheme, at least five people in a family can take membership in the scheme. Special cards will be given to each person. Earlier, a single card was issued for head of the family to give coverage to all members.
The new scheme assures insurance coverage of Rs 5 lakh to a family in a year. The comprehensive health insurance scheme which is in force will expire on March 31. A total of 40.96 lakh families in this scheme will be added to the revised Karunya health scheme.
The government has decided to renew the cards at hospitals in order to avoid chances of denial of medical care to the beneficiaries over expired card. At present, the beneficiaries should take a new card called ‘Golden Card’ to get membership in the revised health insurance scheme.
At least one member in the family must take the card within the time period to get benefits of the scheme. If they fail to get the card, they will be automatically excluded from the scheme.
According to official data, 1.6 crore people were included in the comprehensive health scheme. With the new scheme, the number of beneficiaries is expected to rise to 2 crore.