The Haryana government has decided to provide free travel facility to cancer patients in the state roadways buses.
About 50,000 cancer patients travel in the Haryana roadways buses to reach various hospitals for treatment every year. It was observed that a cancer patient had to visit hospital about 15 times in a year for treatment which costs him lot of money so this initiative was undertaken said state health minister Rao Narender in a release on Monday.
He said that cancer patients could avail this facility only on the basis of the identity card issued by the civil surgeon of the district. The civil surgeon would issue the card only after verifying the treatment card of the patient.
The identity card would be valid for a maximum of 15 visits (to and fro) a year. After the expiry of the validity, the patient would have to submit it in the office of the civil surgeon for issuance of new card. The office of civil surgeon would be required to maintain complete record on the basis of which reimbursement would be made to the transport department by the health department, he said.