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Odisha to waive user fee at hospitals from I-Day

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Bhubaneswar: Good news for the patients visiting the state-run hospitals, as Odisha government decided to waive user fee for them at the hospitals from Independence Day this year.

As the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana – Odisha’s own Healthcare Insurance scheme – is all set to be launched on August 15, the authorities are planning to gift the people of Odisha exempting them from giving user charges at the hospitals including all the Primary Health Centres (PHC) to District Headquarters Hospitals (DHH) on the auspicious day.

The State Health Secretary Dr Pramod Kumar Meherda has written a letter in this regard to all the district collectors and civic bodies for successful implementation of the facilities at the government hospitals from August 15.

However, the cabin fee of In-Patient Department (IPD) will not be included in the user fee waiving facility plan.

Notably, the authorities have fixed Rs 5 each for the patients visiting Out Patient Department (OPD) of the government hospital and Rs 10 from IPD patients as the user fee.

With the recent move, the patients need not to pay user fee any more for visiting the government hospitals from Independence Day.