Govt inks MoU with six more pvt hospitals for health care to poor

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to deliver better healthcare services to the poor in corporate hospitals, the State Government on Tuesday inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with six more private hospitals of Vishakhapatnam and Raipur.

These hospitals are Care, Apollo and Seven Hills in Vishakhapatnam and, Escort, Ramakrushna Care and Narayan Hrudalaya in Raipur, official sources said.

With the new move, the number of such hospitals has gone up to 20 as the State Government last month had signed MoU with 14 private and corporate hospitals including Kalinga, Aditya Care, Ayush, Apollo, Hi-Tech, KIMS and SUM Hospital in Bhubaneswar for the same purpose.

This facility would be available to the BPL families under Odisha State Treatment Fund (OSTF), officials said.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik after singing of the MoU said these hospitals would be of great help for the people living in the bordering districts of Chhatisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.

“This will greatly benefit the people of our State and more particularly the people of KBK districts because of their proximity to Vizag and Raipur. I take this opportunity to congratulate the representatives of private hospitals present here for inking the MoU with the government of Odisha. I wish that they would provide the best available treatment to the patients referred to the hospitals under OSTF”, Patnaik said.

Under the agreement, only referred patients from government-run hospitals can avail treatment at such hospitals.

Financial assistance of upto Rs 3 lakh would be provided to eligible patients under OSTF. However, no assistance would be provided for reimbursement of the expenditure already incurred.