Odisha Channel Bureau
Malkangiri: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on August 20 launched distribution of the Smart Health Card under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana in the State at a function held in Malkangiri district on August 20.
The initiative that can change the face of healthcare services to people in Odisha is a first of its kind service in the entire country.
Malkangiri is the remotest place from State capital Bhubaneswar. Patnaik had started his most effective one rupee per kilo rice scheme from Malkangiri too.
Sukri Dhangda Majhi from the Bonda community was the first recipient of the Smart Health Card.
With this card, People can avail quality healthcare services in as many as 200 hospital chains of the country, including Odisha.
About 3.5 crore people from 96 lakh families will be benefited under the initiative. From Malkangiri alone, 1.55 lakh families will be benefited under the scheme.
While families can avail treatment costs up to Rs. 5 lakh per annum, for women members of the family, it is up to Rs. 10 lakh.
In this type of no frills system, a person will simply go to a hospital only with the card and avail all the treatments without any hassle, according to an official release.
It’s a historic, paradigm shift in the system of healthcare services in India, where a patient will get the best healthcare without any expense.