The smart card scheme ensures a continuum of care for patients, without having to bring upon you out-of-pocket expenditure.
Finance Minister of Kerala, K.M. Mani proposed the universal health-care scheme, 'Sampoorna Arogya Keralam', at the budget. A Sampoorna Arogya Keralam Trust will be set up to implement the initiative and will be chaired by the Chief minister with all the concerned ministers as trustees.
With 'Sampoorna Aroygya Keralam', people need not visit multiple offices/agencies to get medical care and can directly access healthcare facilities in enlisted public or private hospitals through a 'Smart Health Card', said Finance Minister K M Mani.
Seven major schemes including RSBY-CHIS, CHIS Plus, Arogyakiranam, Thalolam, Cancer Protection Scheme, Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund and Karunya Benevolent Fund run by various departments would offer financial assistance to people for accessing medical care.
The estimated amount for the scheme is Rs.500 crore and will be funded by channelling the resources under various schemes.