Barrier from Private Hospitals to BSKY Benefits for Poor Patients – The New Indian Express
ROURKELA: For poor patients in the tribal-dominated Sundargarh district, the high-profile smart health cards launched by the state government under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) are of little help in private hospitals .
There have been reports of private hospitals listed in Rourkela and other places denying free treatment to beneficiaries or refusing admission for various reasons. Take the example of Srimati Mahato (57 years old) from Mahipani in Bisra islet who suffers from stomach cancer. Srimati’s neighbor Kumud Mahato said he took the sick woman to Rourkela Public Hospital (RGH) a week ago and on Monday authorities advised him to take the patient elsewhere, citing abdominal pain in intercourse. Mahato said he contacted the established JP hospital, but authorities refused admission there under BSKY, citing technical reasons.
Srimati was eventually admitted to Hi-Tech Medical College and Hospital where she was diagnosed with stomach cancer with no chance of survival. Mahato said for a year that she was treated at RGH without a proper diagnosis and later JP Hospital refused admission.
Likewise, Chandrakanti Naik (55) from Kuchedega in Hemgir block suffers from breast cancer. After recently getting a smart health card, she hoped to get better treatment at a private hospital, as the card promised benefits of up to 10 lakh for women. However, his expectations were exceeded.
Nephew Chandramani said that with the government referral letter and medical reports, Chandrakanti was taken to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday, but authorities charged them $ 26,000 for various medical inquiries and doctor’s fees. Having exhausted all the money, they had to return to Kuchedega with the patient.
While the District Medical Officer and Public Health Dr SK Mishra did not answer phone calls, sources in his office said he was investigating the incidents. Sources said that 200 private hospitals, including four in Sundargarh district, were consolidated in Odisha under BSKY. We learn that for Sundargarh, the JP hospital in Rourkela has been set up for the treatment of only eight medical departments. While Hi-Tech MCH is struggling, CWS Hospital in Rourkela and Samaleswari Hospital in Sundargarh City have limited facilities.
In a Twitter post on Friday, Sundargarh collector Nikhil Pawan Kalyan said, “More than four Lakh families have received the new BSKY smart health card in the district. The cashless facilities in over 200 hospitals across the country are a huge benefit to people. “