by Kathy Jones on  April 19, 2013 at 7:49 PM Indian Health News
 Karunya Scheme Extended to Cover Mental Illnesses as Well
Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani announced that the state government's Karunya Benevolent Fund Scheme will be extended to cover mental illnesses, thalassemia, and sickle cell anemia.

The Karunya Benevolent Fund Scheme has so far disbursed Rs 110.62 crore to more than 10,100 people with grievous ailments since it was launched on February 26, 2012.

Mani revealed that the scheme will provide financial assistance to people afflicted with any of the eight grievous ailments, including cancer, haemophilia, problems related to brain, heart and liver.

Speaking at a seminar organized by the Kesari Memorial Journalists Trust, Mani said that an insurance scheme will also be launched which will provide free premium for patients with chronic diseases so that they can continue to receive treatment and added that around 27 taluk hospitals will receive new dialysis units at a cost of Rs 37.5 crore.

Source: Medindia

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