Collector V. Sampath has categorically said that empanelled hospitals under the Expanded Health Insurance Scheme of the State government should offer free treatment to identified diseases, and if any of the hospital charges the patients, action would be taken against the management.

He was speaking at a review meeting with medical professionals and officials here on Monday. Mr. Sampath said the health scheme was applicable to those whose annual income did not exceed Rs. 72,000.

The families that fulfil this condition should obtain an income certificate from the respective Village Administrative Officer and produce either the ration card or the old health insurance card.

As many as 1,016 diseases would be covered under the scheme and for 23 diseases, continuous support would be given. The Collector called upon the officials and elected representatives of the local bodies to create awareness of the scheme.

Mr. Sampath also noted that on February 24, birthday of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, special health camp would be organised at the Villupuram Government Hospital. Joint Director (Health services) Udayakumar and Government Medical College Hospital Dean Thenmozhi Valli were present.