The Sneha Sparsha Healthcare Scheme for Children is conducted under the aegis of the Government of Assam’s Department of Health and Family Welfare. It is implemented by the National Health Mission, Assam, and was launched in the year 2013. The target demographic for the scheme are children below the age of 12 years in the state.
Sneha Sparsha, meaning ‘'The Touch of Love’' bears the expenditure of treatments such as cochlear implants, liver transplant, kidney transplant, and thalassemia that requires bone marrow transplant.
The following are the eligibility criteria for the Sneha Sparsha programme:
Priority is given to families which are Below Poverty Line (BPL)
Annual income of family should be below Rs.2.5 lakh
In order to prove income, an income certificate is to be provided by an authority notified by the government such as:
Sub-divisional circle officer
Block Development Officer
Procedures Permitted and Eligible Amount
These are the procedures for which financial assistance can be availed under the scheme as well as the maximum amount that is provided:
Bone marrow transplant
Up to Rs.10 lakh
For Below Poverty Line (BPL) beneficiaries: Up to Rs.16 lakh
For Above Poverty Line (APL) beneficiaries: Up to Rs.10 lakh
BPL beneficiaries: Up to Rs.3 lakh
APL beneficiaries: Up to Rs.2 lakh
BPL beneficiaries: Up to Rs.5.35 lakh
APL beneficiaries: Up to Rs.3 lakh
Specialised eye surgery
Up to Rs.15,000
Up to Rs.1 lakh
For chemotherapy and radiation: Up to Rs.25,000
For surgical treatment: Up to Rs.50,000
Thalassemia (who cannot take bone marrow transplant and need blood transfusion, splenectomy, and medicines)
Up to Rs.50,000 (for investigations, surgery, and rehabilitation)
For cosmetic limb: Up to Rs.1 lakh
For motorised artificial limb: Up to Rs.2.50 lakh
Sneha Sparsha Treatment Facilities
The following treatments are eligible for treatment and referrals outside Assam while treatment for the rest will be provided in the medical college hospitals and other hospitals inside the state:
Bone marrow transplant
Referrals are provided to designated hospitals outside Assam.
Treatments under the Snehah Sparsha scheme will be carried out the following facilities:
Medical college hospitals in the state of Assam
Other hospitals in the state of Assam
Designated health institutions outside the state of Assam
Financial assistance or reimbursement of expenses, as required, will be provided for the treatments listed to the beneficiaries of this scheme. This will be provided whether they are treated in medical colleges or other hospitals in the state of Assam or are referred to designated hospitals for super-specialty treatments outside the state of Assam.
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