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In lieu to boost the medical facilities for BPL card holders in Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Government has come up with multiple schemes like providing free treatment for incurable diseases along with medication and x-rays and other pathology services, at no extra charge. And now, Akhilesh Yadav is all set to launch the Mukhyamantri Swasthya Bima Yojana (MSBY)!

The draft for MSBY has been prepared by the State Agency for Comprehensive Health Insurance (SACHI). The scheme would cover 75 lakh families in four categories-construction workers, artisans engaged in Firozabad Glass work, all contractual staff in health sector, and home guards. It provides for a coverage of Rs. 30,000 per year to the beneficiary for health needs.

The policy holder will be able to access the facilities from 800 private and 700 government hospitals for over 1,600 medical needs requiring hospitalisation such as child birth, gall bladder stone operation, and so on. SACHI has also drafted a Senior Citizen Health Insurance Scheme which will provide similar benefits to senior citizens.

MSBY rests on the existing model of Rashtriya Swastha Bima Yojana which extends health benefits to one crore families in the categories of, below poverty line residents, labours enrolled with the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, swachhkar community, and rickshaw pullers.

“The MSBY is a state funded initiative which extends the ambit of the RSBY. The two schemes together cover over 8.75 crore people in UP which means almost 45% of state’s entire population. Families with elderly would get separate cover of Rs. 30,000 per person. The scheme will have long term implications as demographic dividend will eventually grey ” said, Alok Mitra, chief executive officer, SACHI.

In the health sector, Akhilesh Yadav inaugurated about 80 different projects worth Rs. 390 crore, including the new OPD building of Balrampur Hospital, 11 community health centres, four maternity wings of 100 beds each, and 23 maternity wings of 30 beds each across the state on 21st December. All this and more have truly transformed the ease to obtain medical facilities in Uttar Pradesh.