Over 5 lakh beneficiaries availed healthcare worth Rs 1,191 crore under BSKY: Odisha govt

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today reviewed the implementation of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) in Odisha.

Expressing satisfaction over implementation of BSKY, the Chief Minister said beneficiaries of the health scheme have given good feedback on Mo Sarkar platform. He appreciated the BSKY as an important social security scheme of the state government which provides quality healthcare at free of cost to the patients.

BSKY smart health cards have been given to 96.5 lakh families covering over 3.3 crore people of Odisha. The beneficiaries are provided healthcare in empanelled private hospitals for annual health coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family and additional Rs 5 lakh for the women members of the family after exhaustion of the initial limit.

A total of 500 private hospitals within and outside the state have been empanelled under BSKY. As many as 98 prominent private hospitals outside Odisha have been empanelled under the scheme. The list includes Tata Memorial hospitals, CMC Vellore, Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital Bangalore, Narayan Hrudalaya hospitals, Fortis Healthcare hospitals and Apollo hospitals. Empanelled hospitals outside the state now cover 17 states of the country and are providing healthcare to all BSKY card holders throughout India.

At least 76 beneficiaries availed treatment at CMC Vellore while 979 others availed the same in Tata memorial Hospital in Mumbai, sources said.

As many as 5,45,339 beneficiaries have availed healthcare services under BSKY and the state government has spent Rs 1,191 crore in this regard. The state government has borne the entire cost of healthcare provided by empanelled private hospitals to the BSKY beneficiaries. Altogether 23,119 beneficiaries availed healthcare services worth Rs 64.25 crore in empanelled hospitals outside the state.

Of the total 5,45,339 beneficiaries, 2.5 lakh have availed healthcare up to Rs 5 lakh and 225 women patients have availed healthcare beyond Rs 5 lakh with 27 women patients getting healthcare of Rs 10 lakh each.

At present, the scheme is benefiting around 73,000 patients in a month while the state government is spending around Rs 165 crore in this regard.

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