How much financial assistance has been raised for BPL Patients under Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi (RAN), recently?
[A]Rs 7 lakh
[B]Rs 3 lakh
[C]Rs 5 lakh
[D]Rs 6 lakh

Rs 5 lakh
To ease access to financial assistance under Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi (RAN), the Union government has decided to enhance the financial powers delegated to designated central government hospitals and institutes from Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh for providing financial assistance in cases where emergency surgery is to be conducted. After the enhancement, only cases for financial assistance beyond Rs. 5 lakh/patient would now be required to be referred to Health Ministry.The purpose of this increment of financial assistance is to curtail procedural delays for treatment, which would bring relief to thousands of patients annually. The Government also provides financial assistance through the Health Minister’s Cancer Patient Fund (HMCPF) under which aid is given to the poor patients in 27 Regional Cancer Centres. The financial assistance is also available under the Health Minister’s Discretionary Grant (HMDG) to patients having family annual income up to Rs. 1.0 lakh and below to defray a part of the expenditure on hospitalization and treatment in government hospitals.