Odisha To Provide Free Healthcare Services In State-run Medical Colleges & Hospitals

The Odisha government has announced free healthcare services in all government medical colleges and hospitals, under the ambit of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY). The implementation of the scheme is expected to begin from 1st February.

Patients irrespective of their financial status in the society (both BPL and APL), will have access to the benefits of the scheme. The CMO also released a statement mentioning that the people will get blood bank facility free of cost. The BSKY programme was launched on 15th August 2018 and has been of monumental service to the residents, especially the poor.

The State government’s effort in the form of BSKY has enabled effective realisation of the much-debated Universal Healthcare Rights, and at least 2.25 crore cases of free healthcare services have been recorded till date. BSKY insures medical services to 5 lakh rupees a person, whereas a women recipient can avail treatment up to 7 lakh rupees. An allocation of over 100 crores from the State exchequer has been made to support the funding for this scheme.

While the long-run effectiveness of the scheme is yet to be seen, the Odisha government must be lauded for their quick execution of the BSKY scheme which has already benefitted lakhs of people.

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