Maharashtra government set to provide free treatment to road accident victims


The free treatment scheme named as ‘Late Balasaheb Thackeray Road Accident Insurance Scheme’ will be rolled out soon, officials said.

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. (Photo: PTI)

The Maharashtra government decided on Wednesday to launch a scheme to provide financial and medical help, at the government cost, to road accident victims.

The free treatment scheme named as ‘Late Balasaheb Thackeray Road Accident Insurance Scheme’ will be rolled out soon, officials said.

The state Cabinet approved the scheme at a meeting held on Wednesday. The scheme has a provision of providing immediate medical and financial help to any person injured in an accident in Maharashtra, irrespective of his or her domicile or nationality.

The victim will be treated at the nearest hospital for the first 72 hours. Treatment of up to Rs 35,000 will be free of cost. That includes treatment in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), as well as the victim’s stay and food in the respective hospital.

However, treatment of those injured in industrial accidents, or fallen from trains, or injured while crossing railway tracks, or injured at home will not be covered in this scheme. A toll free number will be generated to register any complaint in this regard.

Public health minister, Rajesh Tope, said the scheme will provide a guarantee of treatment to the injured. “It will be helpful in saving their lives,” he said.

In Maharashtra, on an average 40,000 people get injured in road accidents every year, and 13,000 people lose their lives in road accidents. The government said many people could be saved if timely treatment is being provided.



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