Health Deptt spent Rs 2.90 cr in 2017-18 for patients referred outside the state

Gangtok, 13 Dec:

Department of Healthcare, Human Services & Family Welfare has incurred an expenditure of Rs. 290 lakh till 31 Oct 2017 in the financial year 2017-18 towards the treatment of patients referred outside the state. Between 01 Apr 2017 to 31 Oct 2017, 518 patients have been referred and treated at different Super Specialty Hospitals in Delhi, Kolkata, Vellore, etc, as per a press statement issued by the Department today.

Health Department under the auspices of Mukhya Mantri Jeewan Raksha Kosh (MMJRK) has been providing financial assistance to patients for treatment outside the State. In order to avail this scheme the patients must be referred by the State Medical Board and possess Certificate of Identification/Sikkim Subject Certificate, the release informs.

“Since its inception in 2010 multitudes of patients have been successfully treated and benefited under the scheme,” reads the release.

The referrals have covered all ages and the medical cases range from various types of cancer, serious heart ailments e.g. (valvular heart disease, RHD), Serious neurological disease e.g. (CVA, vascular malformation), chronic kidney diseases, road traffic accidents involving serious injuries, serious liver and lung diseases.