Odisha Seeks Ayushman Changes

Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das said that Odisha Government has sought  changes in the provisions of the Centre's  Ayushman Bharat Program before implementing it in the State.

Minister Mr.Das said the State has already implemented its own Biju Swaysthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY), much before the Centre launched the healthcare scheme.

Mr.Das said the State Government has proposed the Centre not to make Aadhaar card mandatory for the patients seeking to undergo treatment at government hospitals.

"Aadhaar card can be made mandatory for private hospitals," Minister said.

Minister said that under the BSKY there is no such provision of mandatory Aadhaar card for getting treatment.

Mr.Das said the Union Government has decided to cover 62 lakh beneficiaries under Ayushman Bharat for treatment at private hospitals, but the State Government has asked to raise it to 70 lakh.

Minister informed that "The state government has already apprised the Centre of its two conditions in a letter in September and December last year, adding there has been no response from MoHFW till date”.

Union Government is asking the State Government repeatedly to implement Flagship Health Care Program of Center to implement in Odisha.

However the State Government has not shown inclination for implementation of Ayushman Bharat instead of it is implementing BSKY, a State run Flagship Program on Health Care.

Recently Union Minister Harsh Vardhan when visited AIIMS Bhubaneswar had also requested State Government to implement Ayushman Bharat.

So also Union Minister Steel Dharmendra Pradhan has said not to lose time in implementing the Flagship Health Care Program, meant to help out the poorest of the poor.

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