The universal health insurance scheme, Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojna (SSBY), is witnessing over-whelming response in Punjab with more than 1,000 patients daily receiving free of cost secondary besides tertiary treatment services from the empanelled hospitals in the State.
The State Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu, who on Monday morning reviewed the functioning of the health insurance scheme with top officials, issued instructions to the State Health Agency to expedite the process of generating e-cards in Common Service Centres and Hospitals after registering higher footfall of patients in the empanelled private and Government hospitals.
He said that it was also a remarkable achievement of Health Department that more than 36,85,818 e-cards have been issued to the eligible beneficiaries in three months, in which Ludhiana district has topped in Punjab by generating 3,69,429 e-cards under SSBY.
Revealing category-wise about patients covered under the scheme, Sidhu said that out of 57,641 patients, 900 patients got heart surgeries and 556 got knee replacement surgeries done.
“With 5,475 patients, Patiala district leads among the States in facilitating highest number of claims of the patients,” he said adding that benefits of about Rs 67.56 crores have been provided to the patients till date.
Sidhu said that a beneficiary would only be considered eligible after being issued the e-card number. “Awareness camps are also being
organised by the Health Department to motivate the people to get their e-cards made from the common service centres and hospitals,” he said adding that instructions have been issued to the Civil Surgeons in this regard so that maximum numbers of patients would get the benefits of Health Insurance Scheme.