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82 per cent people treated for COVID-19 free of cost in Maharashtra

Under the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana, 82 per cent of the people with COVID-19 have been treated in public hospitals in Maharashtra.

82 per cent people treated for COVID-19 free of cost in Maharashtra
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In Maharashtra, public hospitals have played a big role in treating the patients suffering from the novel coronavirus. According to a report by Mumbai Mirror, only 15 per cent of the people have opted for treatment at private hospitals. Under the state’s Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MJPJAY), approximately 82 per cent of the people with COVID-19 have been treated in public hospitals in Maharashtra.

In Mumbai, 52,000 of the 60,000 COVID-19 patients treated have received free care at MJPJAY-empanelled hospitals. The state government so far has reimbursed ₹300 crores to the hospitals that have treated COVID-19 patients for free. Earlier in May, Health Minister Rajesh Tope had announced that Maharashtra would provide 100 per cent medical cover under the MJPJAY. Basically, in doing this, the medical insurance which was earlier accessed by the economically weaker sections of the society can now be accessed by anyone. There would be no question of economic background, further providing the people treatment free of cost.

In Mumbai, 54 hospitals happen to be under this scheme. In Mumbai Metropolitan Region, there are 150 hospitals whereas, in the state, around 1,000 hospitals have been enrolled. However, big hospitals like Jaslok, Lilavati, Breach Candy and Hinduja do not fall under this scheme.

Maharashtra, on Monday, June 29, reported 5,257 cases of coronavirus which broke a five-day-long run of the daily new records. The total number of cases in Maharashtra now stands at 1,69,883. The death toll further rose to 7,610 as 181 patients succumbed to the novel coronavirus, of which 78 died in the last 48 hours, and the rest 103 are deaths from the previous period. The number of recoveries increased by 2,385 in the last 24 hours to reach 88,960. As of June 29, there are 73,298 active cases in the state.

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