Under Karnataka's new health scheme, beneficiaries will have
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The Universal Health Scheme that the Karnataka government is likely to roll out in 3 months will come with a rider: Patients who wish to avail of the scheme's benefits will have to be treated first at a government hospital, where he or she will receive treatment free of cost ­ there's no cap on state-sponsored medical treatment. The patient can visit a private hospital only if the government institution is not equipped to provide him or her with the required treatment. Moreover, the patient needs to have a reference letter issued by the government hospital in order to avail of free treatment at the private institution.

The provision attached to the proposed scheme is meant to act as a gatekeeping mechanism to prevent the public from visiting only private hospitals. Likely to be tabled before the cabinet in 15 days, one of the scheme's objectives is to ensure that more people utilise services at government hospitals, given the amount of money that the state invests in them. Beneficiaries of the new scheme will be issued a single card synchronised with their Aadhar number. They can use the card for cashless transactions at private hospitals. Regardless of income, all citizens can use the benefits of the new scheme, which integrates nearly two dozen different healthcare policies.

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