Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Maharashtra government on Friday announced that it will provide free and cashless insurance protection to all citizens under its Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MJPJAY) amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking on the occasion of Maharashtra Day event in Jalna, Maharashtra Health Minister said that 85 per cent of the state's population was covered under the MJPJAY at present and the cover will be extended to the remining 15 per cent.

"An important decision was announced today on Maharashtra Day to provide free health care to 100 per cent of the people in the state under Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana. Maharashtra is the only state in the country to provide free and cashless insurance cover to its people," Tope said.

The state health minister added that under this beneficiary scheme, treatment for all COVID-19 patients, even those treated in private hospitals will also be covered.

Tope informed that a memorandum was signed to include government, semi- government employees and white ration card holders in the scheme in a bid to prevent private hospitals from overcharging patients.

"The government has signed a MoU with the General Insurance Public Sector Association (GIPSA) for treatment of COVID-19 patients at private hospitals in Pune and Mumbai," he said.

Similarly, different packages will be designed for all diseases, to standardise treatment fees at all hospitals, the minister said.

Earlier, 496 hospitals were covered in the scheme, but now over 1,000 hospitals will come under it, he said.

As per the Disaster Management Act and Epidemic Act, the state government has capped the fees of COVID-19 treatment at private hospitals, the minister said.

Hospitals that don't have tie-ups with the GIPSA will also have to standardise their treatment fees, he added.

Maharashtra is the worst-hit coronavirus state in India. The state has reported over 11,000 confirmed cases and more than 480 COVID-19 deaths so far.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma