Historic Decision: Odisha CM announces health card for 3.5 crore people on Independence Day

Bhubaneswar: In a historic move, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced smart health cards for 3.5 crore people of the state under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana during the state-level Independence Day celebration at the Unit-3 Exhibition Ground here.

Main features of the new provision are:
* 3.5 crore people of 96 lakh families will get this Smart Health Card.

* Odisha is the first state in the country to provide such Smart Health Cards.

* This card will be given to all the beneficiaries, phase wise.

* Beneficiaries of National and State Food Security Schemes, Annapurna and Antyodaya beneficiaries will get this card.

* Each family can avail treatment cost up to Rs 5 lakh per annum. Women members can avail this benefit up to Rs 10 lakh every year.

* The beneficiaries can avail health services in more than 200 hospital chains of the country including Odisha.

The Chief Minister said the initiative will transform health service delivery system and create history in the health sector of the country. He said the move will usher in a new era in state’s health sector.

“All the people of Odisha are my family. The news of people selling land, jewellery or stopping their children from going to school to manage their treatment costs pains me. Therefore, I decided that this type of distress must go. People should get hassle free quality treatment at best available health care facilities. So, Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana was redesigned to provide Smart Health Cards to people that will work as debit cards for a certain amount,” he said.

Prior to the announcement, Patnaik unfurled the national flag on the occasion of 75th Independence Day.

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