Yet another initiative of the erstwhile DMK regime, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced an improved medical insurance cover under which a family can derive a maximum benefit of Rs. four lakh for four years. The new scheme would cover 950 types of medical treatment as against the previous government’s scheme of 642 types, Jayalalithaa said, as she hit out at DMK, saying its scheme had benefited only private insurance firms and private hospitals. The Kalaignar Insurance Scheme, named after then Chief Minister M Karunanidhi by the DMK regime, had envisaged offering medical services free of cost to persons with annual income of Rs. 72,000. It was also announced that expenses on certain tests prior to and after surgeries would also be covered under the new scheme. The Jayalalilthaa Government had announced in the Governor’s address on July 3 that a new insurance scheme to achieve quality medical services for all would be launched. The scheme would be expanded to government hospitals to ensure delivery of better medical services, adding they would also be provided the full amount like private hospitals. With the new scheme likely to take some time to be introduced, tenders for which will be called for soon, status quo would continue for certain life-saving treatments in private hospitals, adding the government would directly pay expenses for these treatments to the respective hospitals.

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