Cassian Baliarsingh

A day after a few private hospitals in Odisha allegedly denied cashless treatment facilities to beneficiaries of the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY), citing a change in government, the H&FW Department, Odisha, has clarified that all the BSKY beneficiaries will continue to avail the cashless healthcare services.

Fearing that the scheme may be discontinued and their dues may not be cleared due to the change in government, some hospitals reportedly denied accepting BSKY cards. However, all claims raised by the hospital will be paid by SHAS as before, the H& FW Dept informed.

“This is to clarify that all BSKY beneficiaries will continue to avail cashless healthcare services. Hospitals have been sensitized to continue treatment to beneficiaries without any disruption. All claims raised by hospitals will be paid by SHAS as before,” the H& FW Dept said in a tweet.

Panic gripped patients admitted to several hospitals across the state after many healthcare institutions refused to provide treatment using BSKY cards. Earlier, in response to the rumours, Odisha BJP President Manmohan Samal urged not to create any confusion over BSKY.

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"On the pretext of government change, no confusion should be created over BSKY. Providing healthcare services is the primary responsibility of the government. Change in government is a continuous process and patients should not be deprived of healthcare benefits on account of this. The administration should keep a close eye on such false rumours," Samal said.

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