The Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund PMNRF) are utilized primarily to render immediate relief to families of those killed in natural calamities like floods, cyclones and earthquakes, etc. and to the victims of the major accidents and riots. In addition to this, the PMNRF provides financial assistance to indigent patients for treatment of major diseases at Government/ PMNRF empanelled hospitals to partially defray the expenses. Disbursements are made with the approval of the Prime Minister.
Applicants can apply for grant of financial assistance through an application form addressed to the Prime Minister. Applicants, applying for grant of financial assistance for medical treatment, are required to enclose two passport size photographs of patient (one pasted on application, another stapled with application), copy of residence proof, original medical certificate incorporating the type of disease and estimated cost of expenditure and copy of his/her income certificate. After receipt of application, the same is considered and disbursements are made at the sole discretion of the Prime Minister, keeping in view availability of funds and prior commitments of the PMNRF.
Financial assistance is provided under HMDG to the poor patients with family income less than Rs.1,00,000/- annually and suffering from major illness and undergoing treatment in Government Hospitals/Institutions, to defray a part of the expenditure on hospitalization/treatment, in cases where free medical facilities are not available.
Criteria laid down for sanctioning grants
The broad criteria laid down for sanctioning such grants are:
Financial assistance limits are as follows:
To avail financial assistance under HMDG, the patient is required to submit :
For more details, contact
Director (Grants), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi - 110 011
Tel : 23063481/23061731
The RAN was set up in 1997 to provide financial assistance to patients, living below poverty line prescribed from time to time and who are suffering from major life threatening diseases related to heart, liver, kidney and cancer cases, etc., to receive medical treatment at any of the super specialty Government hospitals / institutes or other Government hospitals. The financial assistance to such patients is released in the form of ‘one time grant’ to the Medical Superintendent of the hospital in which the treatment is being received.
Revolving Funds have been set up in 12 Central Government hospitals/institutes and amount up to Rs. 50 lakh is placed at their disposal for providing financial assistance. Accordingly only cases for financial assistance beyond Rs. 5 lakh would now be required to be referred to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
For patients suffering from life threatening diseases, where time is a premium, this would facilitate commencement of treatment of poor patients found prima facie eligible for assistance under the Scheme by these hospitals/institutions. This would also enable to curtail the procedural delay for treatment, which would bring relief to thousands of patients annually.
Under the Health Minister’s Cancer Patient Fund (HMCPF) the criterion is as under:
The following criteria have been fixed for providing financial assistance to poor patients:
To avail financial assistance under HMCPF, the patient is required to submit :
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