Pune: PMC will pay medical bills of COVID-19 infected Urban poor citizens

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Pune, June 24, 2020: The Pune Municipal corporation (PMC) has appealed to yellow or orange ration cardholder citizens to take medical treatment for COVID-19 in private hospitals. The corporation will pay medical expenses of them.

PMC Municipal commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad and Mayor Murlidhar Mohol declared the decision through a press release on yesterday. PMC commissioner stated that the corporation has signed an agreement with city-based ten hospitals. As per the agreement, it is mandatory to reserve beds for COVID-19 patients and provide medical treatment. The corporation will pay medical bills as per Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) rates.

PMC is providing medical treatment to COVID-19 suspects or patients under the Urban poor health scheme for people who have an annual income less than Rs 1 lakh. The scheme started on January 26, 2010, is for families living below the poverty line (BPL) within PMC limit.

Besides that citizens can also get the benefit of State government’s Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana, Ayushman Bharat Yojana, General Insurance Public -Sector Association (GIPSA), Public Charitable Trust scheme for COVID-19 treatment. However, they have to fulfil the criteria as mentioned in these schemes. The corporation will not pay medical bills of those patients who have sound financial conditions.

The 10 private hospitals where urban poor can get COVID treatment include Symbiosis University hospital and Research Centre in Lavale (Mulshi), Bharati hospital and Research centre in Katraj, Sahyadri hospital in Kothrud, Rao Nursing home in Bibvewadi, Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital near Mhatre bridge in Erandwane, Navale medical college and hospital in Narhe, Inlaks & Budhrani hospital in Koregaon Park, Poona hospital in Sadashiv Peth, Global hospital and Research Institute in Parvati, Bhakare Super Specialty and Research Institute in Katraj.