Kerala Government Scheme 'Cancer Suraksha' for children

'Cancer Suraksha' is a Government of Kerala scheme for children suffering from cancer. People below the age of 18 are eligible for this benefit. The project is being implemented by the Kerala Social Security Mission. The required application should be submitted online.

The killer disease, cancer, was once thought to be incurable. However, advances in medical science have greatly helped to overcome the disease. It has been scientifically proven that early treatment can cure pediatric cancers. Recognizing the need to provide financial assistance to cancer patients from poor families who are unable to afford treatment, the Government of Kerala launched the Cancer Protection Scheme on November 1, 2008 for children under the age of 18 years.

Eligible patients will be registered with the scheme and issued a patient card. Patients registered at designated hospitals will be treated free of cost. Upon further examination, if any registered patient is found to be ineligible for assistance, assistance will be discontinued immediately.

Hospitals will bear the entire cost of treatment, including investigation expenses, through the funds provided by the mission. The cost limit for a child will initially be Rs 50,000. However, subject to the mission's approval, the hospital may incur additional costs based on the report of a committee consisting of the gynecologist / treating physician, the head of the radiology department, and the superintendent.

Funds have already been invested in hospital superintendents to provide cashless transactions. Patients who are eligible for assistance can benefit directly from these hospitals without having to approach the mission.

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