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Odisha to become 1st Indian state to Provide Smart Health Cards

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Odisha is all set to launch India’s first ‘Smart Health Cards scheme’ covering its 3.5 crore people of 96 lakh families under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana. The information for the same was provided by Odisha Chief Minister (CM) Naveen Patnaik while addressing the 75th Independence Day celebrations in Bhubaneswar. The objective behind Smart Health Cards is to provide hassle-free quality treatment at the best available health care facilities. These cards will work like debit cards for a certain amount.

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Key Points:

  • Through this scheme, Central Government health benefits can also be accessed.
  • The beneficiaries of National and State Food Security Schemes, Annapurna and Antyodaya schemes will get this card and henceforth each family can
    avail treatment cost up to Rs 5 lakh per annum.
  • Women members can avail of benefits up to Rs 10 lakh annually.
  • The health benefits under this scheme can be availed in more than 200 hospital chains of the country including Odisha.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Odisha: Naveen Patnaik and Governor is Ganeshi Lal.

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