BSKY beneficiaries denied claims by private hospitals

Bhubaneswar/Balasore: Questions are already being raised over the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) in Odisha amid reports that people with Biju Krushak Kalyan (BKK) cards are being denied benefits by private hospitals.

Wife of sculptor Dharanidhar Samal from Kesharipur in Balasore alleged that she was denied benefits under the BSKY by a private hospital in Bhubaneswar for the treatment of his husband suffering from lungs disease.

Many such sculptors in the Sora region of Balasore have allegedly been denied by several private hospitals across the state, claimed sources.

“I had taken my husband to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar. However, they denied providing benefits under the BKK card,” Parvati Samal, wife of Dharanidhar Samal said.

In a similar case, Bhramar Barik of Govindpur in Ganjam district was critically injured and admitted to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar. When his family members showed his BKK card, the hospital administration refused to accept the card. The family had to spend a lot of money in his treatment who later passed away.

“The hospital administration said the card cannot be accepted here. The government did not help us. So we paid the money for treatment. However, when we failed to give them more money they stopped treatment and asked us to take the patient elsewhere,” Sudam Biswal, brother of Bhramar, said.

By sidestepping the Central Government’s Ayushman Bharat scheme, the Odisha government launched its own healthcare scheme with a provision of free medical treatment up to Rs 5 lakh for men and Rs 7 lakh for women in the State.

The beneficiaries of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) and Biju Krushak Kalyan Yojana (BKKY) are covered under the BSKY scheme, the government had announced.

Meanwhile, Berhampur Private Medical Establishment Forum has claimed that people in general are not receiving the benefits of the scheme.

Subash Sahoo, President of Berhampur Private Medical Establishment Forum said “Only corporates and not all private hospitals have been included under the scheme. The hospitals registered under RSBY and BKKY have not been included and are yet to receive any documents in this regard.”

Meanwhile, the BJP has targeted the government raising allegations of misleading the people through the scheme.

“The government gave a new name to the healthcare scheme in the State only for the sake of politics. Big claims on healthcare don’t necessarily convert into actual implementation,” said Lekhashree Samantsinghar, Secretary, Odisha BJP.

BJD spokesperson Sulochana Das responded “No cases of people not receiving the benefits of the scheme have been reported to the government. Necessary action will be taken if any such case is reported.”