Biju Health Care

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today annuanced "Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana" to be launched from August 15, which will provide health care benefits to around 3.5 crore people from over 70 lakh families in the State.

Describing the new scheme as part of State Government's commitment towards universal health coverage, Mr.Patnaik said.
Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan, Principal Secretary to CM Rajesh Verma, Principal Secretary Finance, T K Pandey, Secretary Health & Family Welfare, Pramod Kumar Meherda, NHM MD, Shalini Pandit was present.

"Each and everyone visiting any Government health institutions from district to sub-centre level, will be provided free of cost at all the health service."

Stating that the Biju Swasthya Kalyan scheme is not an insurance, but an assurance to the people for a better health service, Mr.Patnaik said secondary and tertiary chashless health care assistance will be provided upto Rs 5 lakh per family per annum.

The State Government, under this scheme, will provide Rs 500 to meet pick up and drop expense of pregnant women and infant admitted to government hospitals.

“Drop back assistance of Rs 500 will be provided to all pregnant women and infant who visit public health facilities,” the Chief Minister said adding that this will benefit above 6.5 lakh pregnant women and sick children.

The Chief Minister said the users fee now being collected from patients, would be stopped after implementation of the scheme from August 15.

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