About the Scheme:
The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Assam has launched a scheme namely “Snehasparsha” –a Health Care Initiative for Children whereby financial assistance shall be provided for specialized treatment of children below 14 years of age afflicted with some serious ailments. The following guidelines are issued for operationalization of the scheme:
All Children below 14 years of age will be entitled to get benefits under this scheme with annual income less than Rs 5 (five) lakhs per annum. However, in exceptional cases the income limit may be relaxed after due consideration at the highest level.
- Place of treatment for diseases admissible under Snehasparsha Scheme:
Treatment of some of the admissible procedures under the scheme may be done in the Medical College Hospitals and other Hospitals inside the state, whereas treatment of some of the diseases may require referral to suitable Health Institutions outside the State, Sneha Sparsha committee shall recommended , depending on the merit of the case, either referral of a case for super specialty treatment outside the state is required, or consider reimbursement of the medical expenses incurred while undergoing treatment in the Medical College Hospitals within and other Hospitals within the state. For the purpose of referral, the Committee shall also recommend the designated Hospitals outside the State. For both the groups, financial assistance will be offered under the SnehaSparsha Scheme.
- Permitted procedure and the maximum amount admissible: The rates notified are indicative and the actual admissible amount shall be fixed through a transparent process.
- Bone Marrow Transplant: Children with Leukeumia (Blood Cancer) and other conditions like Thalassemia, in which Bone Marrow Transplant may be considered as a mode of treatment will be offered financial assistance as per actuals up to maximum limit of Rs. 13.80 lakhs adequately per case for referral of such cases to leading Hospitals outside the state equipped with facilities for such treatment. Depending on the economic condition of the beneficiary the committee will decide whether to approve 100 % or 50 % financial assistance of the bill amount.
- Cochlear implant: Children in need of Cochlear implant will be given assistance as per actuals up to maximum limit up to Rs. 5.35 lakhs per case for referral of such cases to Public/ Private hospitals outside the State or in the State including Medical College & Hospital, if necessary.
iii. Liver transplant: For children in need of Liver Transplant, the scheme will offer financial assistance as per actuals up to maximum limit of Rs. 16.00 Lakhs per case. Necessary arrangement shall be made for referral of such cases to leading Hospitals outside the state with state –of –the art facilities for such treatment.
iv. Kidney Transplant: Similarly children in need of Renal Transplant will be given financial assistance as per actuals up to maximum limit up to 10.00 lakhs per case for referral of such cases to Public/ Private Hospitals outside the State or in the State, if necessary. Payment will be made as per actuals on hospital bills preferably at CGHS rates.
v. Artificial Limbs: Children in need of Artificial Limbs will be provided with financial assistance as per actuals up to maximum limit of Rs.2.00 lakhs for Cosmetic Limbs and up to Rs. 5.00 Lakhs if Motorized Artificial Limbs is considered necessary.
vi. Blood Cancer: For treatment of Blood Cancer in children with Chemotherapy, financial assistance as per actuals up to maximum limit up to maximum limit Rs. 5.00 Lakhs per case will be given.
vii. Specialized Eye Surgery: For children in need of Specialized Eye Surgery like Retinal Surgery or Posterior Segment Procedures, will be given financial assistance as per actuals up to maximum limit of Rs. Rs. 50,000/- .
viii. Tumors: Children suffering from various types of solid tumors needing costly investigations and treatment with Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy will be given financial assistance as per actuals up to maximum limit of Rs. 3.00 lakhs/- per case.
ix. Neurological Anomalies: Children born with Neurological Anomalies like Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida will be given financial assistance as per actuals up to maximum limit of Rs. 3.00 lakhs for investigation, surgical treatment and rehabilitation.
X. Thalassemia: Financial assistance as per actuals up to maximum limit of of Rs. 3.00 Lakhs will be provided to children suffering from thalassemia , who are not fit for Bone marrow Transplant but require specialized treatment like splencectomy, blood and associated medicines.
Under the Snehasparsha Plus one time financial assistance of Rs. 50,000/- and 36 instalments of Rs 2500/- will be made to children with Cerebral Palsy and other neurological disorders, who are selected as beneficiaries, after a detailed screening by Expert Committee.