What are the government schemes available for cancer treatment in India

Posted on:13,Oct'16

Posted by: CancerClinics

Tags: Cancer Treatment


We have repeated several times in our previous articles that cancer is a huge financial burden on the patient and the family. While, it is advisable to get a cancer-specific insurance if you can afford one, certain government schemes are also available which support certain people for cancer treatment. Here is quick snapshot.

Financial Aid & Resources Through The Central Government

• The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has two schemes under which it offers financial assistance to poor patients. The Health Minister’s Cancer Patient Fund (HMCPF) is available for patients living below the poverty line. This is admissible for treatment in 27 regional cancer centers in the country. You can find more details of the fund here.

• The Health Minister’s Discretionary Grants offers up to a maximum of Rs. 50,000 to poor patients to assist with a part of the hospitalisation/ treatment in government hospitals in cases where free medical facilities are not available.

• The Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) is applicable for retired Central Government employees & dependents, which offers coverage for cancer treatment at approved rates from any hospital, apart from the hospitals set up under CGHS.

• Railways offers completely free travel to cancer patients and the attender/ bystander has to pay only 25% of Class II fare. And air concession of 50% is offered to patients traveling for treatment.

To know more about all the central government schemes for cancer treatment, head to this page.

Financial Aid Through The State Government

The Chief Minister’s Relief Fund provides financial assistance to needy people for cancer treatment. You can find complete details of the financial assistance available in your state at this link.

Some State-Specific Schemes

• Aarogyasri Scheme: The government of Telangana introduced the Aarogyasri Scheme, which provides financial protection to families living below poverty line upto Rs. 2 lakhs in one year for the treatment of serious ailments requiring hospitalisation and surgery. 938 treatments are covered under the scheme. This includes cancer treatment (surgery, chemotherapy & radiation therapy). You will be able to get complete details of the scheme here.

• Cancer Suraksha Scheme: The government of Kerala, offers the Cancer Suraksha Scheme, under which children under 18 years of age get free cancer treatment via some designated government hospitals in the state. Know more about the scheme here.

Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana:
The state of Maharashtra offers this scheme where 971 surgeries/ procedures are covered for those holding yellow ration cards, Antyodaya Anna Yojana card (AAY), Annapurna card and orange ration card. The Scheme shall provide coverage for meeting all expenses relating to hospitalisation of beneficiary up to Rs. 1, 50,000/- per family per year. Know more about the scheme here.

Also Read:
Why is cancer treatment expensive?


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