HIV/AIDS Patients Get Insurance Cover in Karnataka

by Thilaka Ravi on  August 14, 2008 at 3:30 PM Health Insurance News
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HIV/AIDS Patients Get Insurance Cover in Karnataka
For the first time in India a group health insurance plan was launched for 250 HIV-infected people. The scheme is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under Project Connect, a programme intended to build public-private partnership in the fight against HIV and tuberculosis in India.
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Population Services International (PSI), an NGO along with Star Health and Allied Insurance Company and the Karnataka Network for Positive People (KNP+) launched the scheme.

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The policy is not available to individuals and will be given to a group of about 300. In Karnataka, the policy was given to 250 applicants from six districts — Bellary, Mangalore, Mandya, Udupi, Kolar and Mysore.

According to K Sujatha Rao, director general, National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), efforts were on to work on a policy that could get applicants to start saving for medical treatment.

AIDS patients numbering millions in India have largely been ignored by insurance companies until now.



Source: Medindia
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