Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday launched 'smart health cards' under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana for over 3.5 crore people to assist them with cashless healthcare services in 200 hospitals in the state and other parts of the country.
At the event, he handed over a card to Shukri Dhangada Majhi, a woman belonging to the Bonda tribal community in Malkangiri district.
Around 3.5 crore people of 96 lakh families will be benefited from the new healthcare initiative as women can avail of cashless treatment up to Rs 10 lakh per year and other family members will get the benefit up to Rs 5 lakh each, he said.
The smart health cards will be effective from September 1, Patnaik said.
Majhi became the first beneficiary of the smart health card scheme, while other members of the vulnerable tribal group would be given priority to avail of the facility.
At least 1.55 lakh families will be benefited from the initiative in Malkangriri, a tribal-dominated district, the CM added.
All health services, including chemotherapy, CT scan, MRI, dialysis and various pathological tests, are being provided for free in all the government hospitals in the state.