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Odisha Minister Lists Benefits Of BSKY Over Ayushman Bharat

18 November 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: Drawing a comparison between Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY), Odisha government's flagship healthcare programme and Central government's Ayushman Bharat, Health & Family Welfare Minister Naba Kisore Das said that BSKY covers first aid to very critical diseases as compared to Ayushman Bharat which covers only critical illnesses.

In a written reply to a question by Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Anant Narayan Jena, the Minister stated that while 1,557 diseases are covered under Ayushman Bharat, free treatment is available for around 4,036 diseases under BSKY.

The Minister said that the State government has incurred an expenditure of Rs 3, 33, 23,607 under BSKY in the year 2018-19.

He stated that under BSKY free health care services are provided from health sub centre level to medical college level.

He added that under BSKY, health care services are available for free in 196 private hospitals inside and outside the State and government hospitals of other States and nationally renowned hospitals to the identified cardholder families.

The Minister has pointed out that while Ayushman Bharat is limited to hospitalization cover only, under BSKY all health services starting from out-patient, surgery of in-patients, diagnostics, drugs, dialysis, chemotherapy etc is available for free in all government hospitals.

He further said that under Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries are identified online on submission of Aadhar Card whereas in government hospitals health care is available to all irrespective of income and place of residence, identification is not required, even for additional health care service Aadhar card is not required.