Cancer Patients ‘Denied’ Health Insurance in Chadoora

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Obtaining Golden Card a Challenging Task : RTI Movement 

SRINAGAR: Jammu & Kashmir RTI Movement has demanded that the Government must take steps to ensure health insurance card is issued to the deserving people. Many people are made to wait for months to get the health insurance also known as Golden Cards.

In a statement Chairman RTI Movement Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat said that people especially those belonging to economically weaker sections of the society are facing challenges in getting the free treatment in Govt and private hospitals as they have not been provided the Golden Cards. “Those who have applied haven’t received it for a long time and many are not even being registered on the pretext of some ‘technical issues’ especially in Chadoora area of Budgam district. This includes some cancer patients as well who are moving from pillar to post”.

People from areas like Wathoora and Gopalpora in Chadoora say they are denied the Golden Cards on the pretext of some technical reasons as these areas according to local Khidmat Center officials are not registered on the online portal. “This is an official apathy and people are made to suffer. Even cancer patients haven’t been provided Golden cards which is a matter of concern. On one hand PM Modi launches special health insurance scheme Sahat for J&K, and on the other side people are even denied basic service of Golden Card”, said Dr Raja Muzaffar.

He appealed authorities especially Director Health Services Kashmir, DC Budgam and CMO  Budgam to intervene.

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