Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Oct 28:
The Odisha government today decided to open a new directorate under the Health and Family Welfare department to manage different health insurance programmes and schemes introduced for farmers and labourers in the state.
Reviewing the Biju Krushak Kalyan Yojana (BKKY) at secretariat here, the chief minister said the new directorate can coordinate effectively with other departments for management of health insurance schemes in the state.
While the government has set a target of providing health insurance under BKKY to 60 lakh families in the state, more than 51 lakh families have already been covered, said a release from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).
While 16,302 patients have availed medical facilities in various hospitals, the state has provided more than Rs 23 crore as health insurance to people, the release said.
With a large number of beneficiaries complaining that private hospitals are not providing medical facilities to patients under the scheme, the chief minister directed the officials to keep a close watch on it so that the hospitals do not ignore or neglect the poor.