17 January 2019
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced extension of five health services under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY). As per the new decision, the provision of universal free health services will be extended up to all Government Medical College Hospitals from February 1, 2019.
All patients, irrespective of APL or BPL category, will avail this facility. Besides, all patients, irrespective of APL or BPL category, will also avail Blood Bank facility free of cost.
Previously, the free treatment facilities for all were available from Sub-Centres at village level up to the District Headquarters Hospital level.
It may be noted here that Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) was launched on the 15th of August, 2018 and in the next 5 months since, the scheme has received an overwhelming response, with over 2.25 crore instances of free healthcare availed by the people of Odisha, a press note of Chief Minister Office (CMO).
In the initial phase of BSKY, all health services in government facilities up to the District Headquarters Hospital level had been made free for all persons.
This cashless care is being provided to all persons with no requirement of any income, residence or any other document. The free services will cover all procedures provided in all government health facilities, including in-patient beds, surgeries, OT facility, ICU facility etc, without any charge, the CMO press note added.
It further stated, “For this, the State Government has made an additional provision of over Rs 100 crores from the State Budget. In empanelled private hospitals, over 70 lakh families will continue to avail cashless care up to Rs 5 lakh per annum per family, and Rs 7 lakh for women members of the family.”