Unvaccinated patients barred from availing free Covid-19 treatment under Karunya scheme


MP Suryadas

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Thiruvananthapuram: The health ministry has directed government medical colleges not to provide free Covid-19 treatment under the 'Karunya Health Insurance Scheme'

to those who fail to produce a vaccination certificate. According to the reports, around 200 unvaccinated patients are currently being treated at various medical colleges in the state.

However, the patients who are unable to receive the covid vaccine due to allergies or other ailments are exempted from this provided that they submit a valid certificate. Patients can also submit an affidavit that they will produce the health certificate within a week, to avail free treatment. The order also states that in case the patient does not produce the certificate, revenue recovery action shall be taken to recover the amount spent for the treatment of that patient.

Meantime, the order has confused both patients and the authorities alike. Doctors are reluctant to issue certificates because they cannot confirm whether the cause stated by the patients or their relatives are correct.

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