Bhubaneswar: Demanding immediate payment of Rs 30 crore dues on account of providing health services under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY), the State-sponsored universal health coverage scheme, the All-Odisha Private Clinical Establishment Forum has said that private hospitals would stop providing health services until the money is not released.
In a letter to the State government the forum today alleged that despite drawing the attention, no steps have been taken to release the pending amount of the private hospitals for providing healthcare services under BSKY. Also, the forum demanded that the government should relax norms for registration and ensure security for doctors and other staff working at private hospitals.
“Many private health clinics have stopped providing healthcare facilities in different districts including Puri, Khurda, Bhadrak and Balasore. Why we would provide the services at cheaper rates and that too when the dues are yet to be cleared. Until the government fulfils the demands we will stop providing health services,” said Indramani Jena, Secretary of the All-Odisha Private Clinical Establishment Forum.
With an aim to provide better healthcare to the people, the State government launched BSKY on August 15, 2018. As many as 70 lakh families were included under the health coverage. Each family gets Rs 5 lakh health coverage per annum whereas women members of the family are provided with Rs 7 lakh coverage annually.