Odisha govt spends around Rs 1,389 crore towards high quality cashless treatment under BSKY

Bhubaneswar: More than 6.31 lakh families in Odisha were provided high quality cashless treatment under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) in the current year and the State government has spent around Rs 1,389 crore for the purpose so far, a senior official said today.

This was known from a performance review meeting recently held, the source added.

“A review showed that around 6.31 lakh persons from the poor families having either BSKY smart card or PDS card were provided high quality clinical treatment free of cost in different speciality hospitals coming under private sector during the current calendar year up to 25 December. State Govt has paid around Rs 1,389 crore to the empanelled private sector hospitals towards cost of their treatment,” Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Secretary Shalini Pandit expressed.

“These patients were from all 30 districts of Odisha. Cent percent of the patients coming to hospitals with BSKY eligibility were counseled through telephonic call from 104. The patients were also provided handholding support by the Swasthya Mitras engaged by the State in these hospitals. The patients were treated under a total number of 2,056 clinical packages provided through BSKY. The problems and grievances relating use of cards, cashless treatment etc were immediately attended to and resolved in a time bound manner keeping in view emergency requirement of the patients,” Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of State Health Assurance Society (SHAS) Dr Brundha D appraised.

Secretary Pandit has directed to intensify IEC and awareness building activities on BSKY in remote rural areas of Gajapati, Kandhamal, Subarnapur, Nuapada, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Koraput and Malkangiri districts so that people get required information and assistance for high quality clinical care.

Discussions in the meeting showed that the patients or their attendants could make pre-contact with toll free number 104 for treatment in any of the empanelled hospitals of their choice. They could get their BSKY card related problems resolved through telephonic call to 155369.

People could also communicate their need and grievances through toll free number 14545, Twitter account @bskyodisha and Facebook account bskyodisha. Secretary Pandit has directed to create wide awareness among the people about all the facilities provided under BSKY. District Coordinators and Swasthya Mitras have been asked to handhold the people with missionary spirit.

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