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Yashaswini now gives farmers access to 300 hospitals

BS Reporter  |  Chennai/ Mysore 

Networking of 300 identified hospitals has enabled poor rural farmers, enrolled under the government-sponsored 'Yashaswini' health scheme, to avail of medical facilities at any of these hospitals across Karnataka.
The Family Health Plan Ltd, the supervisory body for the scheme, has developed the database of the who have enrolled as members and pay Rs 120 per annum.
The membership details of a farmer or his family members can be accessed by any of these hospitals. A farmer needs to just provide his membership number at the hospital's 'Yashaswini' counter and avail of the treatment.
This is a major achievement of the 'Yashaswini' scheme this year apart from the barcoding and issue of membership slip at the time of membership registration alone.
This improvised application has avoided complaints of delay in issuing membership cards and the consequent denial of medical treatment for a farmer-member though he has paid the fee. This has also saved the cost of printing separate membership cards.
Seeing the success of the health benefit scheme, now entering its sixth year, the state government has extended it to 2008-09 too and April 15 is the last date for a farmer, who is a member of a co-operative society or a co-operative bank for a minimum six months, for registering, joint director of co-operative societies K S Himavantha Gopal said in Mysore.
Yashaswini had been extended to cover maternity, care of the newly-born, drowning, accidents caused by agricultural implements or electricity, dog or snake bite, and attack by cattle, taking the total treatment coverage to 1,600 diseases. Surgery costing up to Rs 1 lakh for the first operation and Rs 2 lakh for the second surgery if required was also covered, Mysore-Chamarajanagar District Co-operative Central Bank President C Basave Gowda said.
Highlighting Yashaswini's achievements over the last five years, Himavantha Gopal said Mandya topped with 4,945 cases being treated at a cost of Rs 3.64 crore, followed by Hassan with 2,056 cases and Udupi 1,760 cases.
Mysore stood fourth with 1,216 beneficiaries on whom Rs 1.33 crore was spent. The amount spent on surgeries last year in the eight districts of the region was Rs 10.69 crore. The total membership fee collected was Rs 8.4 crore. The 2008-09 budget provided Rs 60 crore, three times of the last year, for the scheme.
The number of members and medical benefit were on the rise. As against a target of 1.5 lakh, 1.04 lakh members were registered and Rs 62.77 lakh was realised as fee during 2003-04.
The amount spent on medical treatment was Rs 88.13 lakh. The membership fee collected during 2007-08 had doubled to Rs 1.29 crore from 108,000 members against the target of 300,000 members in 2007-08. Around Rs 1.27 crore was spent on treatment, Deputy Registrar Prakash Rao said.
The District Central Bank and the Mysore Dairy was subsiding membership fee by Rs 30 for its members, Dairy President Uma Shankar added.

First Published: Mon, April 07 2008. 00:00 IST