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The Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi (RAN) is a centrally sponsored scheme that provides for financial assistance to patients, who belong to BPL households and are suffering from major life-threatening diseases, to receive medical treatment at any of the super-specialty Government hospitals/institutes or other government hospitals.
Only patients from families below the poverty line suffering from specified life-threatening diseases are eligible.
Financial assistance under RAN is not allowed under the following circumstances:
The financial assistance is not directly given to patients. The grants are released to the Medical Superintendent of the hospital where the patient is being treated.
Under the RAN scheme, eligible patients can receive financial assistance for treatment up to Rs. 2 lakh in each eligible case and up to Rs. 5 lakh in emergency cases. Patients whose treatment cost exceeds Rs. 5 lakh will get the necessary financial help after the case is referred to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare for providing funds.
RAN scheme offers specialized treatment to life-threatening diseases which include Heart Diseases & Heart Surgery; Cancer treatment; Kidney & Urinary diseases; Orthopedics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Endocrinology; Mental Illness; Gynecology and any other life-saving medical procedure or treatment considered appropriate for financial assistance.
An illustrative list of diseases /categories of treatment is available in scheme guidelines http://www.mohfw.nic.in/sites/default/files/25632541254789653265.pdf.
All state governments/UTs (except Meghalaya & Nagaland) have set up their respective Illness Assistance Funds. The Central government releases grant-in-aids to the extent of 50 % of contribution made by the States/UTs.
RAN scheme has also set up Revolving Funds in 12 Central Government
hospitals across the country with advance funds up to Rs. 50 lakhs placed at the disposal of Medical Superintendents of these hospitals.
The 12 government hospitals include AIIMS, Dr. RML Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College and Smt. SK Hospital in New Delhi; PGI, Chandigarh; JIPMER, Pudducherry; NIMHANS, Bangalore; SGPGIMS, Lucknow; CNCI, Kolkata; KGMC, Lucknow; NEIGRIHMS, Shillong; RIMS, Imphal and SKIMS, Srinagar.
To avail assistance under RAN, applicants need to submit the following documents/information to the Section Officer, Grants Section, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Room No. 541- A wing, Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi-110011.
Application for seeking financial grant under RAN is processed within a period of 1 month.
The patients or their representative can resolve their queries by visiting the Grants Section between 11 am to 12 noon on working days.
They can even meet the Under Secretary (Grants) at Room No. 433-C at Nirman Bhawan and Director (Grants) at Room No. 408-D, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi.
The patients may also contact these officers over the phone:
Under Secretary (Grants) - Tel: 011-23061203
Director (Grants) - Tel: 011-2306 3481.