Chiranjeevi Scheme: Beneficial yet complex in process

Chiranjeevi Scheme: Beneficial yet complex in process

There are plans to to include Ayurvedic, Unani and Homeopathy medicines at no cost

 
Meeting

The Chiranjeevi Health Insurance Scheme by the state government is beneficial, although its procedures are quite intricate. The insurance company frequently modifies the rules, and there's a challenge with the 5-day package limit. In cases involving conditions like diabetes, patients often require a treatment duration of 15 days. Because of the limited duration of the package, the doctor suggests that the patient return home and come back once their sugar levels have decreased. The patient perceives this approach as neglect from the doctor's side, leading to disappointment and prompting them to seek treatment elsewhere. Currently, only allopathic medicines are provided at no charge in state-run hospitals. As per the projected roadmap for 2030, there are plans to extend this benefit to include Ayurvedic, Unani and Homeopathy medicines at no cost as well.

Certain issues came to light on Tuesday, August 29, 2023, during discussions among stakeholders engaged in Health Vision 2030. Disease specialists, medical-related NGOs, and intellectuals shared akin opinions during a workshop held at the Zilla Parishad Auditorium for divisional and district-level stakeholders. The workshop saw participation from a total of 117 individuals, with approximately 30 individuals voicing their perspectives during the event. Additionally, 65 participants submitted their suggestions in writing to the Medical Department.

Divisional Commissioner Rajendra Kumar Bhatt, TAD Commissioner Tarachand Meena, and Collector Arvind Poswal were unable to attend the meeting due to their engagement in another video conference. Earlier, in the presence of Dr. Ramesh Karmani, Deputy Director (Academy) from the State Level Medical Education Department, a comprehensive review of national schemes was conducted, along with Joint Director Dr. Zulfikar Ahmed Qazi, CMHO Dr. Shankarlal Bamnia, and the Deputy Director of the Ayurveda Department, in alignment with governmental expectations. A roadmap was formulated to realize the established objectives. These recommendations will now be forwarded to the government for consideration. At the district level, the meeting was attended by RCHO Dr. Ashok Aditya, Additional CMHO Dr. Ragini Agarwal, Deputy CMHO Dr. Gajanand Gupta, and other officials.

Suggestions received from Udaipur

  • Dr. Chhaparwal recommended a postponement in the completion of different forms within the Chiranjeevi Yojana and the prompt provision of emergency services to patients.
  • Bhanwar Seth, the President of the Pensioners Welfare Association, highlighted the necessity of addressing the extended queues associated with the scheme and the establishment of a patient help desk.
  • Councilor Najma Mewafarosh emphasized the requirement for a guide to assist patients in large hospitals.
  • Shweta Pamecha advocated for the provision of cost-free homeopathic, Ayurvedic, and Unani medicines, following the same approach as allopathic medicines.
  • Dr. Sanjay Gandhi recommended extending the duration of the package from the current 5 days stated in the Chiranjeevi Yojana to 15 days.
  • Dr. Pavitra Mohan suggested the implementation of facilities such as kiosks to promptly attend to referred patients from rural areas in district-level hospitals.
  • Dr. Babulal Jain recommended enhancing the hospital environment by replacing decorative plants with medicinal plants.

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