Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today reviewed the progress of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY)—Odisha Government’s flagship mega healthcare initiative — in a high-level review meeting held at the State Secretariat here on Saturday.
After the meeting, The Chief Minister announced that the people living outside Odisha can now avail benefits under the BSKY scheme at all the premium hospitals in India
Addressing the mediapersons, Patnaik said, “I am happy to note that the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana has achieved great success since its implementation, benefitting over 1.1 crore patients with cashless care, since 15th August 2018.”
“In order to benefit more families, the annual income limit for treatment of cancer, heart and kidney ailments has been increased from Rs 1 lakh per annum to Rs 3 lakh per annum,” he said
The Chief Minister also said, “To provide healthcare to people of Odisha even outside the State, it has been decided that all State and Central Government Hospitals outside the State are deemed to be empanelled under BSKY and the treatment cost will be paid to the beneficiary bank account.
Further, all premier healthcare institutions across the country, including Tata Memorial Hospital Mumbai, CMC Vellore, Narayana Hrudalaya etc have also been covered under BSKY, he added.
Patnaik also said that in order to enable wide coverage of ailments, the State Government has decided to include 4,036 medical packages under the BSKY, against only 1,343 packages coveted under the PMJAY. Package rates have also been revised upward so as to attract more hospitals to be covered under this scheme.
To further facilitate patients, in case of referral to a hospital outside the state, a conveyance charge at the rate of Rs. 2000/- per patient will be transferred to beneficiary bank account,” Patniak concluded.
Among others, Health Minister Pratap Jena, Cheif Secretary AP Padhi, Development Commissioner and other senior officials were present in the review meeting.