NEW DELHI: The families of just 168 doctors, out of at least 756 who died during Covid-19 service in India, have so far benefited from the Rs 50 lakh insurance coverage provided by the Center, according to data from the ‘Indian Medical Association.
This means that the families of just about one in five doctors who have succumbed to the disease have had their claims settled, under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan program, announced for nearly 22 lakhs of healthcare workers the last year. The total number of settled claims is 287, suggesting that the families of just 119 healthcare workers in other categories have benefited.
The IMA, the largest corps of physicians in India, said that due to “strict standards and persistent apathy at various administrative scales,” only 168 physicians would be eligible for the allowance.
The Center, in response to questions in parliament, has repeatedly said it does not have data on doctors or other healthcare workers who have died in the line of their Covid-19 duties.
In a letter to Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, the association called for an extension of the insurance plan for an additional six months, speeding up and easing procedural bottlenecks and ensuring that all healthcare professionals are “recognized, honored as martyrs and properly compensated for their dedication. services and comfort for their families with a maternal attitude.
137 health workers in other categories benefited
Only about one in five doctors who have succumbed to the disease have had their claims settled, under the program announced for nearly 22 lakhs of healthcare workers last year.
Given that only 238 claims have been processed under the program, this also suggests that only 137 healthcare workers in other categories have benefited so far.
The Center has repeatedly stated that it does not have data on doctors or healthcare workers who have died in connection with Covid duties.