A month after Maharashtra chief minister announced free treatment for patients with swine flu, not a single patient has come forward to receive the benefits.
The state health department has already received Rs 3 crore for reimbursing bills of patients who were treated for swine flu at private hospitals this year.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced last month that the state would bear the expenses of patients being treated for swine flu at private hospitals.
“We have informed all district authorities to reimburse patients who submit their claims. Only those patients who were on ventilator support and admitted to private hospital will be reimbursed,” said a senior state health official
The officer added that only patients, who are poor and below poverty line (BPL) will be able to get their medical bills reimbursed.
Since January, 4,973 swine flu cases and 452 deaths were recorded in the state.
At present, 17 patients admitted to various hospitals in the state are on ventilator support.
“If someone does not have a BPL card, they will be given benefits if they can prove they are poor. We already have the money with the department and once the committee accepts the claim, the relatives or the patient will receive the cheque,” said Dr Satish Pawar, director of directorate of health services,
Three patients from Nagpur are in the process of getting their reimbursement, added Bate.
However, in Mumbai where at least 70% of patients were treated at private hospitals for swine flu, not a single claim has been filed.
“We have written to all private hospitals, who were treating swine flu patients to inform them about the reimbursement facility,” said Dr Mangala Gomare, chief of epidemiology cell, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
The state health department has formed district wise committees, which will look into the authenticity of the case and the civil surgeon will scrutinise the necessary documents.