50 L BPL families to be covered under RSBY

Bhubaneswar: The state government in an effort to facilitate health insurance to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families, has decided to cover as many as 50 lakh such families under Rastriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) in 2013-14. It was decided in a meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday.

This apart, MGNREGA labourers, bidi workers, construction workers, railway porters and scavengers would also get benefit of the flagship health insurance scheme of the Central government that aims to provide free hospitalisation to the poor.

Though Swasthya Bima Centres have been opened at all district headquarters hospitals and some private hospitals, the Chief Minister has directed health officials to open more such centres at private hospitals which will help increase the number of beneficiaries.

Official sources said, insurance companies have claimed Rs 48 crore as insurance amount to 1.26 lakh BPL families through different government and private hospitals of which Rs 40 crore has been given to some government hospitals.
The Chief Minister has also asked the officials to set modalities for government-run medical colleges to spend the amount sanctioned by insurance companies. Five members of a BPL family would get medical benefit up to Rs 30,000 by paying annual premium amount of Rs 30 only, sources added.

According to published reports, since its launch in 2008, RSBY has covered nearly 33 million BPL families and provided succour to 4.2 million patients who needed hospitalisation.