Apart from his regular job, Chitaranjan Patra, now 65, used to help cancer patients through a non-government organisation which he had founded with about 20 other people in his township in Navi Mumbai. Founded in 1996 and called the Jagannath Cancer Foundation, the NGO — still functioning and thriving — provides lodging and boarding facilities to people visiting the Tata Memorial Hospital in central Mumbai for cancer treatment.But Patra didn’t know that tragedy would strike closer home. In July 2011, he was detected with prostate cancer. Patra had a health insurance cover of Rs 3.30 lakh. But it turned out to be insufficient.His treatment — by this time his cancer had entered stage 3 and he had a surgery followed by 48 rounds of radiations — costed about Rs 6 lakh. Fortunately for him, his daughter’s company insurance came to his rescue, but Patra still had to shell out a little over Rs 1 lakh from his pocket.Close Patra got cured and it has been more than seven years, but today he has a health cover of Rs 15 lakh. “My retirement corpus came to my rescue but the incident underscored the importance of a good health insurance policy,” says Patra over phone.Kayezad E… Read full this story
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