State ropes in 21 pvt hospitals for OSTF scheme

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Tuesday accorded referral hospital tag to as many as 21 private medicals where below poverty line (BPL) category patients can avail treatment under the Odisha State Treatment Fund (OSTF). This was decided at a high-level review meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the state secretariat here.

According to officials, the fresh list also includes some health care centres with modern facilities in Vishakapatnam and Raipur.

Prior to this, patients were only referred to the three government-run medical college and hospitals in the state.

It was also decided in the meeting that from now onwards, Chief District Medical Officers (CDMOs) of respective district headquarters hospitals can also refer patients to these referral medicals. While in every fortnight, the RDC and collector will review the OSTF, the health secretary will make an assessment of the corpus every month.

"To maximize reach of the fund, the Chief Minister has directed the health department to publish application form for the fund in Oriya language and create awareness at gram panchayat (GP) level. The department will ensure these forms are available at all GPs," health minister Damodar Rout said after the meeting.

“There is no dearth of funds for the scheme as the district collectors are still having Rs 12 crore to spend,” the minister added.

Notably, persons from BPL families suffering from serious diseases are given financial assistance up to Rs 3 lakh under the OSTF scheme.