Naveen launches Smart Health card in Malkangiri, A Bonda tribal receives first card

Bhubaneswar : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday launched distribution of Smart Health Cards under Biju swasthya kalyan yojana.

The Smart Health card, first of its kind service in the entire country which can change the face of healthcare services to people in Odisha, was launched in Malkangiri, a remote place from the state capital.

Sukri Dhangda Majhi from the Bonda tribal 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 scheme in the state.

Official sources said about 1.55 lakh families from Malkangiri alone will be benefited.

While families can avail treatment costs up to Rs 5 lakh per annum, the treatment cost for women members of the family would be 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,official sources said.

The state government claimed that the new smart health card is a historic, paradigm shift in the system of healthcare services in India, where a patient will get the best healthcare without any expense.