March 11, 2011
   Posted in News Flash
Published By Tashi

Health Department
Announces Medicare Policy for Tibetans in Exile

[Friday, 11 March 2011, 4:07 p.m.]


Under the leadership
of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the efforts of the staff members
both at the Local level and the Central level, Department of Health,
Central Tibetan Administration has been able to achieve a modest
success in terms of laying a good foundation for the Tibetan community
in exile to avail themselves of necessary primary healthcare
facilities. Even as today, the primary healthcare needs are well taken
care of by DoH-run healthcare units, for secondary and tertiary
treatments, the patients are referred to outside healthcare providers.
For those who can not bear the expenses of such treatments, DoH has
been making partial reimbursements on their expenses on case by case
basis. However, this practice of making reimbursements not only amounts
to a significant burden on the CTA’s exchequer but also does not fully
benefit the larger section of the Tibetan community. Hence, as per the
objectives of Tibetan Voluntary Health Association (TVHA) – the
registered society under which the DoH carries out its activities, and
with the approval from Kashag, Tibetan Medicare System Programme is
being launched to cover the secondary and tertiary healthcare costs of
the members of the Tibetan community in exile.

As per the directives
from
the Kashag, TMS Programme plans to introduce a self-financing scheme
built upon public-private-partnership model to cover the secondary and
tertiary healthcare costs of its members. Training, awareness-creation, enrolment processes and other programme-related activities will
commence from April 4, 2011 and the registered members will be eligible
to avail the benefits of the scheme from October 1, 2011. Although the
membership is voluntary in nature, DoH, CTA will not entertain any
applications for reimbursements for medical expenses from non-members
from October 1, 2011.

As per the proposed TMS
scheme, households with up to 5
members can avail a maximum collective benefit of up to Rs. 1 Lakh on
hospitalization costs in a year for the annual household contribution
of only Rs. 3565. Details of the scheme will be made available to the
general public shortly.

Issued by:

Department of Health

Central Tibetan
Administration

Dharamsala

March 9, 2011

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