Sunday, 21 February 2016

Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Beema Yojna (BPSSBY)

In a unique initiative aimed at giving a ‘healing touch’ to the poor and disadvantaged sections of the state, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal launched the Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Beema Yojna (BPSSBY) for providing cashless Health Care Services to the families below the poverty line (BPL).

Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Beema Yojna (BPSSBY)
The scheme is a big reprieve to the people of these unprivileged sections by providing them the quality health-care services, free of cost. Under the scheme, the beneficiaries would be issued the smart cards which would enable to them to avail the benefit of cashless health care facilities of up to Rs. 30000 per annul. For this scheme, the leading insurance companies of the country have been roped in by the state government to give this unique benefit to the poor people.

Underscoring the need to provide quality health care to people, the Punjab government has committed to make Punjab a disease-free state.

The government has spent Rs. 350 crore to upgrade health infrastructure in the state, giving priority to the cancer treatment.

Under the scheme, upto 5 members of the family can be enrolled. Family will comprise the head of the family, spouse and up to 3 dependents.

The enrollment centers for registration of beneficiaries would operate at village and ward level and finger prints and photographs of all five members would be required for enrollment and Smart Card will be issued on the spot at enrollment station.

A state-of-the-art cancer hospital is coming up at Mullanpur near Chandigarh on the lines of Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital in Mumbai and the government has allotted 50 acres of land for the purpose.

The package rate has been fixed for most of the illnesses including some day care procedures as well. Pre-existing conditions/diseases are to be covered from the first day of the start of policy. “Coverage of health services for the defined day care treatments/ procedures, transport allowance of 100 per hospitalization are subject to an annual ceiling of 1000 at the time of discharge in cash and pre, post hospitalization costs up to one day and up to 5 days respectively”, he added.

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