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19 February 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: Under the aegis of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY), the Odisha Government has decided to laucnh 'Swasthya Mitra' programme which would facilitate treatment of BSKY card-holders at private hospitals.

Addressing the managing committee meeting of State Health Assurance Society here on Tuesday, Chief Secretary Aditya Padhi said, about 70 lakh families have been benefitted by the BKSY programme in availing cashless treatement at hospitals in Odisha.

Padhi instructed officials to ensure effective implementation of the 'Swasthya Mitra' scheme. The Government would intiate a third-party assessment of this scheme. On the basis of the external agency's report, further steps would be taken to euqip the scheme better, Padhi noted.

National Health Mission Director Shalini Pandit said that the beneficiaries of the BSKY will be eligible to avail free treatment in 200 private hospitals in the State and 20 big hospital chains (super-specialty hospitals) outside Odisha.

In a bid to expand the outreach of BSKY, the Government has initiated measures to enrol more hospitals under the scheme. The State Health Society is undertaking negotiations with several hospitals, she said.

Among others, Development Commissioner, Asit Tripathy, Finance Secretary Ashok Kumar Meena, Health and Family Welfare Secretary Pramod Kumar Meherda, Women and Child Development Department Secretary, Anu Garg, Panchayati Raj Department Secretary, DK Singh and Agriculture and Farmers' Empowerment Department Secretary Saurabh Garg were present at the meeting.

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Shalini Pandit, Mission Director, National Health Mission, Odisha