Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced health assurance scheme Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana that will benefit around 3.5 crore people from over 70 lakh families in the state. “Under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, secondary and tertiary cashless healthcare assistance will be provided up to ₹5 lakh per family per annum,” said the Chief Minister. Under this program, a family would get up to ₹5 lakh per annum to meet healthcare expenditure at all government-run hospitals and the entire cost would be borne by the state government.
“One of our major commitments is universal health coverage. In this regard, I am happy to announce that each and every one visiting any government health institution from district to sub-center level will be provided all health services free of cost,” said the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister also announced that drop-back assistance of Rs 500 would be provided to all pregnant women and infant who visit public health facilities. The scheme will come into effect from August 15 this year. – Business Standard