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Here Is All About Patient Concession in Indian Railways

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Did you know when you are traveling by train for your treatment, you can avail train ticket concessions in case you are suffering from certain diseases? There are special concessions for patients under 53 categories in Indian Railways. Out of these at least 10 categories are reserved for patients with certain serious diseases. However, like many other rules of Indian Railways, there is lack of awareness among the common people which often leads to non-usage of such privileges. But, may be with the information we are about to provide below, more and more patients will be able to avail the concessions during their upcoming journeys for better treatment. Passengers desirous of making use of these concessions have to use the relevant concession documents.  So, let us take a look at various railway fare concessions in Indian Railways for various categories of patients. I hope in this post, ‘Here Is All About Patient Concession in Indian Railways’ will be able to answer all your queries.

Patient Concession in Indian Railways

1. Cancer patient concession

As per Indian population census data, the rate of mortality due to cancer in India was high and shocking with about 806000 prevailing cases by the end of the last century. Cancer is the second most common disease in India accountable for maximum mortality with about 0.3 million deaths per year (Ref: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ ). Cancer patients traveling alone or with an escort for treatment/periodic check-up can avail this concession. One escort is also eligible for same amount of concession.

How much-

75% in 2nd class, 1st class and AC chair car.

100% in SL & 3AC.

50% in 1AC & 2AC (except in SL and 3AC where escort gets 75% concession).

2. Thalassemia patient concession

Every year around 100,000 children with Thalassemia Major are born world over, of which 10,000 are born in India. It is projected that there are about 65,000-67,000 β-thalassemia patients in our country with around 9,000-10,000 cases being added every year (1-7) (Ref: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ ). Indian Railway arranged concession for Thalassemia patients for better treatment with subsidized rail-fare. Thalassemia patient traveling alone or with an escort for treatment/periodic check-up will get this concession.

How much-

75% in 2nd class, SL, 1st class, 3AC and AC chair car.

50% in 1AC & 2AC.

3. Hemophilia Patient concession

Using the population data for 2011 from the Census of India and an occurrence of hemophilia A of 4 per 1, 00,000, the estimated number of hemophilia patients in India would be around 48,407. Thus, India may have over 70,000 patients with hemophilia A and B (Ref: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ ). Patient suffering from severe & moderate form of hemophilia traveling alone or with an escort for treatment/periodical checkup can avail this concession.

How much-

75% in 2nd class, SL, 1st class, 3AC and AC chair car.

4. Heart patient concession

Heart disease now is the foremost individual cause of disease burden in India. Deaths due to cardiovascular diseases rose from 13 lakh in 1990 to 28 lakh in 2016. The number of predominant cases of cardiovascular diseases has increased from 2.57 crore in 1990 to 5.45 crore in 2016. Heart patients traveling alone or with an escort for heart surgery can avail this concession.

How much-

75% in 2nd class, SL, 1st class, 3AC and AC chair car.

5. Kidney patient concession

The most common cause of CKD (cronic kidney disease) in population-based studies is diabetic nephropathy. India currently has nearly 18,000–20,000 patients (Ref: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ ). Kidney patients traveling alone or with an escort for kidney transplant, operation and dialysis can avail this concession from Indian railway.

How much-

75% in 2nd class, SL, 1st class, 3AC and AC chair car.

50% in 1AC & 2AC.

6. Tuberculosis patient concession

In 2016, 2.79 million people became ill from TB, and 435,000 died from it. India has the highest number of new cases of MDR-TB (including rifampicin resistance), with a projected 147,000 cases in 2016 ( Ref: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ ). Patient suffering from T.B./Lupas Valgaris( tuberculosis skin lesion) can get this concession traveling alone or with an escort for treatment/periodic check-up.

How much-

75% in 2nd class, SL and in1st class.

7. Leprosy patient concession

The global leprosy situation has changed significantly over the last four decades after the introduction of multidrug therapy (MDT) in 1982 with a decrease in occurrence from over 5 million cases in the mid-1980s to less than 200,000 at the end of 2016. The program in India also saw a decrease from an occurrence rate of 57.8/10,000 in 1983 to less than 1/10,000 by the end of 2005 when India declared to have reached the World Health Organization (WHO) target of removal as a public health problem ( Ref: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ ). Non-infectious Leprosy patients with one escort can get a concession in rail ticket for treatment or periodic checkup.

How much-

75% in 2nd class, SL and in 1st class.

8. AIDS patient concession

In India in 2017 about 100 000 people were existing with HIV. The percentage of people living with HIV among adults (15–49 years) was 0.2%. AIDS patients along with one escort will get concession in railway ticket for treatment/check-up at designated ART (Antiretroviral therapy) Centers. One escort is also eligible for same element of concession.

How much-

50% in 2nd class.

50% in MST (monthly seasonal ticket) & QST (quarterly seasonal ticket).

9. Ostomy patient concession

Ostomy- Causes a change in the way urine or stool exits the body as a result of a surgical process. Bodily waste is redirected from its usual path because of malfunctioning parts of the urinary or digestive system. An ostomy can be temporary or permanent. Ostomy patients along with one escort traveling in train for any purpose can also avail this concession.

How much-

50% in 2nd class.

50% in MST & QST.

10. Anaemia patient concession

Anaemia is extensive in India–58.6% of children, 53.2% of non-pregnant women and 50.4% of pregnant women were found to be anaemic in 2016, as per the NFHS (national family health survey). Anaemia doubles the risk of death during pregnancy and leads to poor mental growth in children (Ref: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ ). Aplastic anaemia causes a deficiency of all blood cell types like red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Patients suffering from Aplastic Anaemia or Sickle Cell Anaemia travelling for treatment/periodical check-up to recognized hospitals by Mail/Express Trains can avail this concession.

How much-

50% in basic fares of SL, AC-2-tier, 3AC and AC chair car classes.

General rules and documents required-

1. Break of journey en-route shall not be permissible on a concession ticket for a journey for a specific purpose viz. a Cancer patient traveling to/from a hospital only. It is allowed only where a break of journey is a natural event.

2. All the general rules of Indian Railways are applicable for such concession schemes. Check the rules here

3. Concessions cannot be procured for online ticket booking. Such concessions are available only for over-the-counter ticket bookings.

4. Concessions can be availed both for one way or Return journeys both.

5. The concession would be provided after the ticket booking authority validates the duly filled form, by Hospital authorities and or doctors. You can download the form here.

6. It has to be noted that the concession is applicable only on the basic fare.

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