Providing comprehensive medical cover to all its citizens has been the objective of the Karnataka government and in achieving this, it has garnered the reputation of being a pioneer in the delivery of public health service in the country. Even before the Central Government was able to conceptualise the establishment of primary health centres, the Karnataka government had established a good number of Primary Health Units. These units deliver comprehensive healthcare services comprising of Preventive, Curative, Promotive, and Rehabilitation health care to the residents of the state.
The Health Department of Karnataka holds the belief that health is a valuable asset of every community and hence, it renders below services as part of its ‘Common Minimum Needs Programme’. These services are administered through a network of health and medical institutions to the people living in the state.
|Name of the service||Schemes offering the service|
|Curative Services||Vajpayee Arogya Shree, Rajiv Arogya Bhagya, Jyothi Sanjeevini Scheme|
|Reproductive and Child Health Services||Janani Suraksha Yojana, Madilu, Prasuti Araike|
|Child and Adolescent Health Services||Shuchi, Rashtriya Bala Swasthya Karyakrama (RBSK)|
|Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases||National Leprosy Control Programme, National Guinea Worm Eradication Programme, National AIDS Control Programme, National Programme for Control of Blindness, Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme|
|National Vector-borne Disease Control Programme||National Anti-Malaria Programme, Anti-JE Programme, National Filaria Control, Dengue Control Programme|
|Healthcare Support Services||Prevention of Food Adulteration, Laboratory Services, Vital Statistics, Environmental Sanitation, Nutritional Services, Health Education Training and School Health Services|
|Transport and ICT Services||Mobile Health Units, Arogya Sahayavani-104, EMRI (Arogya Kavacha-108)|
|Integrated Diseases Surveillance Programme||-|
|National Iodine Deficiency Disorder Control Programme||-|
Benefits Offered by the State Government Schemes:
All the above programmes and schemes offer varied healthcare benefits to the citizens of Karnataka. We’ve listed some of them below:
|Name of the scheme||Features and Benefits|
|Vajpayee Arogya Shree||
|Rajiv Arogya Bhagya Scheme||
|Jyothi Sanjeevini Scheme||
|Janani Suraksha Yojana||
|Rashtriya Bala Swasthya Karyakrama||
Arogya Karnataka Programme:
Apart from the schemes mentioned above, the government of Karnataka has launched a universal health insurance scheme for all its residents, in March 2018. The scheme is called as Arogya Karnataka and with this, Karnataka has become the first state in India to implement a scheme that offers universal health coverage (UHC). The scheme offers a cover of Rs.1.5 lakh per family per year and will benefit at least 1.43 crore households in Karnataka.
The Arogya Karnataka scheme offers the below features:
- All families falling under the BPL category can avail free treatment at empanelled hospitals. People in the APL category will have to pay 70% of the treatment costs while the rest will be borne by the state government.
- For specified healthcare treatments, the government will offer a financial assistance of up to Rs.30,000 in a year for a family comprising of 5 members.
- For tertiary treatments, the annual limit will be raised to Rs.1.5 lakh per year.
- Primary Health Institutes (PHI) will deliver primary healthcare treatments while tertiary healthcare facilities can only be availed at designated hospitals. Beneficiaries can avail secondary treatment at private hospitals only if the necessary procedure is unavailable at the government hospitals.
- Patients wishing to avail the benefits of the Arogya Karnataka scheme have to produce the UHC card issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare.