Support for Yeshasvini Co-op Health scheme builds

The Karnataka govt.’s decision to launch Yeshasvini Co-operative Farmers’ Healthcare Scheme under the ambit of the department’s Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust (SAST) has drawn flak from farmers, cooperative societies and even elected representatives, reports Hindu.

Those opposing the new scheme argue that the present scheme in operation is one of the most successful models that has benefited lakhs of farmers since 2003 and should not be meddled with.

The scheme covers 823 defined surgical procedures and enables members to avail themselves of cashless treatment up to Rs 2 lakh per family member for a minimal annual contribution of Rs 300 per member in rural areas and up to Rs 2.5 lakh per family member for a minimal annual contribution of Rs. 710 per member in urban areas.

Several leaders including the president of the Karnataka Rajya Raita Sangha are likely to urge the chief minister to withdraw the decision.

Those favoring the retention of the present scheme say, farmers are enrolled through cooperative societies and there is no hassle. The Health Department has taken the decision without realizing the implication, they point out.

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