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Karnataka First in India to Give Universal Health Coverage
Jan 23, 2015

Karnataka became the first in the country to provide universal health coverage with the launch of two schemes, the Rajiv Arogya Bhagya for APL households and the Jyothi Sanjeevini for government employees.

Salient Features

  • The health coverage is estimated to cost the government Rs. 120 crore annually.

  • Around 1.1 crore people are expected to benefit from the scheme.

  • APL family members would be entitled for a health check costing up to Rs. 1.5 lakh a year.

  • In special cases, if the expenditure exceeds Rs. 1.5 lakh, the government could sanction an additional sum of Rs. 50,000.

  • The schemes aim at providing subsidised healthcare to every citizen in the State involving APL families.

  • The scheme proposes to cover 449 surgical procedures and 50 follow-up packages.

  • Beneficiaries can avail treatment in 160 hospitals, including 14 hospitals outside the State. Hi-tech hospitals have been empanelled in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

  • The government employees will get cashless treatment in 124 empanelled private hospitals under the Jyothi Sanjeevini scheme.

  • It also covers 449 surgery procedures and 60 follow-up packages.

  • Families covered under the ESI, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, Yeshasvini scheme, Vajpayee Arogyasri scheme and Health Insurance scheme would not be covered under the Rajiv Arogya Bhagya scheme.

  • The scheme would cover patients suffering from problems related to cardiac, cancer, renal, burns, neonatal and neurological problems.


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