Members of the civic society prescribing over 100 eligible beneficiaries under the Chief Minister Medical Insurance Scheme would be rewarded with a certificate of excellence, stated Collector C. Munianathan at the district level review meet on the Chief Minister’s Medical Insurance Scheme here recently.

This would include not just medical practitioners and health workers, but also, NGOs, good Samaritans, voluntary workers, social service volunteers. People have been urged to convey the message and prescribe the names of the needy in their neighbourhood.

Appraising the performance of the Scheme in the district, Mr. Munianathan urged doctors and Health workers at government hospitals and primary health centres to screen and facilitate deserving patients to benefit from the treatment provided under the Scheme. Medical practitioners were duty bound to recommend patients for treatment, he said.

The Chief Minister’s Medical Insurance Scheme provides for treatment of over 51 diseases. This includes treatment of heart ailments, valve replacement, kidney and other organ transplants; treatment of the liver, gall bladder and neurological disorders; treatment for burns, plastic surgery, and of those in coma; oncological treatment for blood cancer and cancer of the uterus.

Members of all 26 Welfare Boards, and families with an annual income not exceeding 72,000 are entitled to free treatment of various diseases under the medical insurance scheme. So far, over 3.7 lakh people have been identified under the Scheme and over 3.02 lakh people have been photographed, with about 81.8 per cent of coverage attained in the district.