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At present official feels that the healthcare packages for cancer treatment are not very comprehensive. For treating cancer there are various types of medical procedures that a patient has to undergo. And that includes chemotherapy, surgery, and radiations. So for the same, NHA is planning to include all kinds of regimes for chemotherapy for various kinds of cancer.
A senior official at the NHA told ANI, “There are some missing links in the treatment of cancer and it not very comprehensive. Hence, we have just recommended further strengthening of the medical packages for cancer. This has to be approved by the governing body and the entire process is likely to take three months.”
“Treatment for cancer is very expensive. We want to include treatment for all type of cancer in our health packages which are cost-effective, proven and beneficial to the patients,” said Dr. Indu Bhushan, CEO of National Health Authority on confirming the development.
Dr. Abhishek Sankar, Professor of Oncology at AIIMS, said every year about 15 lakh new patients are diagnosed with cancer. He added lung cancer is the most common type of cancer with 1 lakh 20 thousand patients detected every year, followed by breast cancer which affects about 1.5 lakh patients, 2 lakh 76 thousand lips and oral cancer cases every year. Nearly 44-45 lakh patients suffer from cancer at a particular time.
NHA (National Health Authority) an implementing body of Ayushman Bharat – PM-JAY (Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana) health insurance scheme.
A National Health Protection Scheme, Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage of up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.
Until now, 16000 hospitals have been impaneled and nearly 34 lakh beneficiaries have been admitted while 9 crore e-cards have been issued.
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