A kidney donor gets health insurance cover after PMO’s intervention
Living organ donors have faced an uphill battle getting insurance cover. Dr. Ravi Wankhede, former general secretary of Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre, Nagpur and a notable ambassador in the field of organ donation, was not one to admit defeat. He had donated one of his kidneys to his friend Dr. Salim Chimthanwala in 2009. In 2018, when Dr. Wankhede turned 65, he approached the insurance company to renew his health insurance, but the company said that it could not as it did not offer health cover to people above 65. Other companies that offered medical coverage for older individuals also refused. Dr. Wankhede said that his disclosure in the application that he was a kidney donor was the reason. He then filed a complaint with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India as he felt that the lack of health insurance could deter people from living organ donation. He finally wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The insurance company that had previously denied him health cover got in touch with him saying that it had received a communication from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and that it was ready to grant him health insurance if his kidney function tests were in the acceptable range.
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- Keywords: Living organ donors, Dr. Ravi Wankhede, health insurance cover, Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre-Nagpur, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)