Financial Assistance for TB patients for treatment
The central government has taken a new initiative to provide financial assistance to Tuberculosis patients in India. According to the authority from now onwards TB patients will get monthly Rs. 500/- for their treatment. The Union Finance Ministry has given a final nod to the proposal. 1
During the budget presentation for the FY 2018-19, the finance minister has stated that now the TB patients, despite their income, will receive a handful of money for their treatment on monthly basis.
- Objective: The main objective of the initiative is to reduce TB patients in the country. Currently India is the leading country where the highest number of TB patients is being found. To eradicate this issue the central has taken this decision.
- Income criteria: Under this initiative, nothing has been said about the income of the patient. Anyone who earns less or more can avail the initiative and receive financial assistance from the government.
- Travel Allowances: According to the authority, travel expenses will be compensated to finance this initiative. As of now no assurance has been published yet.
- Documents: Mandatory documents are to be needed. They are Aadhaar Card and medical documents in support of the patients’ condition must be submitted at the time of registration.
- Target: As per the initiative, by the year 2025, the authority will eradicate TB completely from the nation. Every year around 28 Lac patients, suffering from Tuberculosis, are being found in India. Apart from them there are large numbers of missing cases as well. By 2025 the authority will reduce the issue in large portion.
Among 28 Lac cases less than 2 Lac cases of TB is being detected and reported. Rest cases fall under the missing cases. The central Health Ministry will soon start the initiative to make sure that each and every patient, despite their monthly income, can go for treatment of the same. By the end of 2030, the mortality rate in India due to sickness will also get reduced, stated by the health ministry.