It aims to provide financial assistance to BPL patients, who are suffering from major life threatening diseases, to receive medical treatment at any of the 13 listed super specialty institutes or government hospitals.

The central government/state government/PSU employees are not eligible.

The financial assistance to such patients is provided in the form of ‘one-time grant’, which is released to the Medical Superintendent of the Hospital in which the treatment has is being received.

The States are needed to create their own State Illness Assistance funds in which central government contribute 50% of the fund and the fund is granted to Medical superintendent for treatment.

The State government can grant up to Rs. 1.5 lakh in each individual case in their state and forward the cases that exceed Rs.1.5 lakh to RAN headquarters.

A “Revolving Fund” which has been set up in 12 Central Government hospitals/institutes.

These hospitals can sanction financial assistance up to Rs.5 lakh, but beyond Rs.5 lakh it has to be referred to RAN headquarters