Cancer is high on the list of surgeries that beneficiaries of the state health insurance scheme floated for people earning below Rs 1 lakh a year, and to meet health expenditure of beneficiaries, the government has spent Rs 606 crore for 2.30 lakh surgeries, reveals data.
Two years since the state government launched the Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayi Arogya Yojana to provide cashless hospitalisation and treatment of beneficiaries of the scheme, health officials said there has been an increase in cancer, kidney and cardiac surgeries.
Cancer surgeries are high under the scheme, says Piyush Singh who is in charge of the health scheme.
As many as 43,000 surgeries have been performed for cancer at both private and government hospitals followed by kidney surgery (40,000) and cardiac operations (33,600) in the two-year span. The other procedures that saw an increase are treatment of genito-urinary tract problems and polytrauma. At least 11,000 children have undergone various procedures under the scheme, and there were 93,987 women. Till date, 5,412 deaths have been registered.