Bhubaneswar, June 4 (LocalWire): The chances of implementing the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana in the state got fuelled after a discussion between Ayushman Bharat CEO Indu Bhushan and state government officials at the secretariat here today.
‘We had a preliminary discussion about the Ayushman Bharat scheme and Odisha government’s Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY).
Now the discussions are at an initial stage and we will reach a conclusion only after some rounds of discussion,’ said chief secretary, Aditya Prasad Padhi, after the meeting.
Indu Bhushan praised BSKY and said modalities are being chalked out to merge Ayushman Bharat with BSKY in the state. Odisha government had earlier decided not to implement Ayushman Bharat in the state as they projected BSKY as a better scheme.
Notably, Ayushman Bharat provides an insurance cover of up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary hospitalisation.
Poor and vulnerable families across the country, identified as deprived rural families and occupational categories of urban workers’ families as per the latest socio-economic caste census (SECC) data are eligible to avail benefits under the scheme.
On the other hand, BSKY provides free health services for all, irrespective of income, status or residence in all state government healthcare facilities up to district headquarters hospital level.
Additionally, the facility of free healthcare beyond district headquarters hospital level, over 70 lakh economically-vulnerable families in the state are provided annual health coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family and Rs 7 lakh for the women in the family.