"Manipal Arogya Suraksha Scheme" - a comprehensive healthcare facility aimed at providing quality health care at affordable cost. Manipal Academy of Higher Education in association with NGOs and other associations successfully implemented Manipal Arogya Suraksha Scheme along the coastal belt during the year 2005 with a small base of around 6000 people. The member base has grown beyond 4 lakhs now.
The facilities under the scheme was initially made available to Konkani speaking communities and thereafter was extended to the people living in rural areas irrespective of any reference to linguistic minority communities.
Manipal Arogya Suraksha is a Group Family Healthcare scheme which not only takes care of inpatient services but also offers a host of concessions and free consultations with the specialist on OP basis. Additionally, the scheme also compensates for loss of life and disablement due to accident. Manipal Arogya Suraksha scheme provides each family medical facilities of up to Rs 30,000.00 per year in case of in-patient services on a floater basis and unlimited OP facilities at concessional fee which is apart from Personal Accident benefit of Rs 30,000.00 for each member enrolled under the scheme. Manipal Arogya Suraksha scheme has a rare distinction of mention in ILO for the bold initiative aimed at mitigating the burden of ever-escalating health care cost and has effectively fulfilled its social obligations.
The objective of taking quality health care affordable and accessible to the target audience seems to have met with Manipal Arogya Suraksha - a Rural Health Initiative of the University. Numerous people from economically backward sections of the society are encouraged to utilise the facility. They would not have had an opportunity to get treated for a disease due to sheer negligence and, or lack of knowledge of the availability of such a facility in their vicinity probably due to poverty and other socio economic conditions.