The people of Salcete, who have enrolled for Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana (DDSSY), a health scheme, introduced by the state government, demanded with the government to reveal the procedures being undertaken by the hospitals empanelled under the scheme.
“I strongly demand that the government should give us leaflets carrying details of the procedures carried out by each of the empanelled hospitals in Goa. The government should also insist on all the hospitals that are empanelled for the scheme to display the list of procedures they undertake, under the scheme, prominently,” said Cajitan Cardozo, of Chinchinim.
There are reports from Salcete about poor patients rushed to empanelled hospital in a critical condition for the medical attention, not getting the required service, as the particular hospital is not listed for the particular procedure under the scheme. And, by the time, the patients were shifted to another hospital, they were often dead.
This is compelling the the poor patients to shell out money for medical treatment despite the fact that they are enrolled for the DDSSY.
Succorina Fernandes, a resident of Nuvem informed that she visited a renowned hospital in Margao with a heart attack patient, but was told that the DDSSY benefit for the ailment was not available at that hospital.
The patient was then shifted to another hospital, she added.
Health insurance cover of Rs 2. 5 lakh is being provided under the scheme for the family of three or less while Rs 4 lakh cover is provided for a family of a four and more members.