Government to merge two health schemes

The much-awaited U-healthcare scheme is unlikely to be implemented soon which the State Government had planned to launch on the occasion of the state foundation day (November 9) this year. The scheme was meant to cover over 2.6 lakh employees, however,  procedural delays on part of the state health department along with the enforcement of the model code of conduct in the State with respect to the upcoming urban local body poll has put the spanner in the implementation of the scheme as promised.

The merging of the schemes has also become the hindrance in the implementation of the  ‘Atal Ayushman Yojana’. Besides, there are some issues of convergence which are proving as blockages. The private hospitals are also reluctant to be associated with the scheme in its present form.

The nodal officer of the U -health card scheme Dr. Vergese Kala said the scheme would soon be made mandatory for all the employees and it would be merged with Ayushman Bharat Yojana. At present, 18000 employees have been registered under the scheme while 31 hospitals have been empaneled. The chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh said that efforts are on to remove the problems, “It would be implemented soon,” he added.

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