Sikkim, Karnataka, offer cashless medical scheme for government staff

The objective is to ensure timely treatment for employees in case of emergencies, without worrying about arranging cash for payment at the hospitals


Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) officially launched the Su-Swastha Yojana under the aegis of the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Sikkim. The programme will allow government employees to avail cashless healthcare service in empanelled hospitals across India, and will cover up to Rs 10 lakhs for the government staff and their immediate dependents against payment of a nominal premium.

About 400 hospitals are part of the panel in this Su-Swastha Yojana. The initiative aims to provide health insurance to the employees working for the Sikkim government. This cashless facility will save the employees the trouble of arranging cash for payments at hospitals in case of emergencies, thus ensuring timely and quality treatment. With rising medical expenses, such health insurance has become a necessity for the population.

This is part of the state government’s measures to strengthen the health sector and enhance its facilities. Golay revealed that the health insurance, which will benefit about 38,000 government employees, who are on the rolls, will eventually be extended to the entire population of Sikkim state, that is, about 6.50 lakh people. This will be done in phases, slowly and steadily.

Meanwhile, in Karnataka, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has announced that the employees of the state government may soon be able to enjoy cashless medical facilities. The same will benefit over 6.5 lakh employees of the Karnataka government.

The scheme is yet to be finalised, and therefore, the details are not available yet.

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