Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) is a government-run health insurance programme for the Indian poor. The scheme initiated with a target to offer health insurance coverage to the unrecognised sector workers who come under the BPL category, and their family members shall be beneficiaries under the same scheme. It provides facilities like cashless insurance for hospitalisation both in public and private hospitals. The scheme started enrolling on April 1, 2008, and has been implemented in 25 states of India.
Primarily, RSBY was a project under the Ministry of Labour and Employment. Now it has been moved to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare from April 1, 2015.
The objective of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY)
Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India has launched the scheme (RSBY) to offer health insurance coverage for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. The main objective of the scheme is to protect BPL households from financial liabilities arising out of health shocks that include hospitalization.
Eligibility Criteria for Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY)
The beneficiaries will be issued smart cards for identification purpose.
What is covered under RSBY Scheme?
Expenses of the hospitals- The RSBY scheme is a complete plan for you and your family members covering hospitalization expenditures related to illness, accident, or any other diseases.
Compensation for Pre-Hospitalization– The scheme compensates diagnostic and medical expenses one day before the hospitalization.
Expenses for Transportation– As per Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) scheme a policyholder can claim for the transportation expenses.
Dental Injury– Policy holder is eligible to claim for the treatment of the dental injury caused by any accident
Treatments for Day care- RSBY scheme provides the necessary cover in any surgical process where you have to get hospitalized for a day.
Maternity Benefit- The RSBY scheme covers deliveries of pregnant women for both normal and caesarean. For any normal delivery, the policyholder can claim Rs.2500, while for any caesarean delivery, the policyholder can make a claim up to Rs.4500. If there would a condition where the mother's life is at risk or unintentional termination of pregnancy, the policyholder can claim for it.
Coverage for Newborn– Policyholder is permitted to add the name of a newborn baby.
What the policy does not cover?
Benefits of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY)
A health cover of up to Rs. 30,000/- is offered per year on a family floater basis.
Coverage for the family
A single RSBY scheme provides health cover to up to 5 members of the family. The members include the applicant, their spouse, with three other dependents. The dependents can either parents or children.
No Waiting Period
There is no waiting period for RSBY scheme like other insurance policies
In RSBY scheme pre-existing diseases are generally covered from the first day.
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