Odisha signs MoU with 14 private hospitals
With a view to provide better healthcare, the Odisha government has signed MoU with 14 private hospitals.
Bhubaneswar, July 20, 2013: In a bid to provide better healthcare solutions to the people in the state, the Odisha government has signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with 14 private and corporate hospitals to treat them under the Odisha State Treatment Fund (OSTF). As per the terms of the MoUs signed, the poor people can now avail treatment at big hospitals and the OSTF facility can be used by citizens enlisted under the BPL category and the target group having an annual income of less than Rs 40,000 in rural areas and Rs 60,000 in urban areas.
The institutions where OSTF facility can now be availed include names like Kalinga, Aditya Care, Ayush, Apollo, Hi-Tech, KIMS and SUM Hospital.
The state is also expected to sign a MoU with six more hospitals located outside Odisha. It may be noted here that out of the six, three each are located in Vishakhapatnam and Raipur respectively.
Financial assistance of up to Rs 3 lakh is provided to patients under OSTF. A patient can avail treatment at private hospitals if he/she has been referred by a government hospital.
13,314 patients have been provided financial assistance under OSTF and the government has spent over Rs 23 crore so far.