A scheme called the “Jammu and Kashmir Medical Aid Trust Scheme”came into force in 1988. The objective of the scheme is to provide financial assistance to indigent and deserving persons in the State suffering from diseases like Cancer, Heart or other ailments for their treatment in the State and outside of the State.
Vide SRO 142 dated 16th of April, 2003, Clause 12 of the J&K Medical Aid Committee has been constituted as under:-
||Secretary to Government, Finance Department
||Principal, Government Medical College, Srinagar/Jammu
(Depending upon the location of Secretariat offices in two Capital
||Director, Health Services, Kashmir/Jammu (Depending upon
the location of Secretariat offices in two Capital Cities)
||Designated officer from the office of Hon'ble Chief
The cases for Financial/Medical Assistance in favour of patients are recommended by the concerned Deputy Commissioners after verifying the Financial Status of the patients through the concerned Tehsildars. Medical Certificates issued by the Institutions/Hospitals within and outside the State where patients are registered for treatment/surgery indicating the cost and course of treatment are also enclosed by the concerned Deputy Commissioners while recommending such cases. These cases are then placed before the Medical Aid Committee. The Medical Aid Committee after examining the cases as well as Financial Status of the Patients recommends suitable Financial Assistance on merits of each case depending upon the nature of the disease, cost of treatment,Financial Status of the patient and also availability of the funds under the said Scheme. The recommendations of the Committee are then placed before the Hon’ble Chief Minister (Chairman, Medical Aid Trust) for approval. After the approval of the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Financial Assistance sanctioned in favour of patients is placed at the disposal of the Principals of Medical Colleges/Heads of the Institutions/Hospitals in the shape of Account Payees cheques for utilizing the same for the treatment of such patients which are registered for treatment/surgery in such hospitals.These Hospitals/Institutions are required to furnish the utilization certificates and return of the balance unspent amount, if any.
Source of funding
The funding source for the Medical Aid Trust Scheme is:
i) Grant in aid released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India through State Health Department.
ii) Donations from Public/J&K Bank.
iii) Interest which accrues on the fixed deposits of MAT.
iv) Transfer of amounts periodically from J&K Relief Fund/Discretionary Grants of Hon’ble Chief Minister.