BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha State Treatment Fund (OSTF) is set to be
expanded to bring private hospitals under its fold. The process of
evaluation of the private hospitals will soon go underway.
Initially, four private hospitals in Bhubaneswar __ Kalinga
Hospital, Aditya Care Hospital, L V Prasad Eye Hospital and Ahswini
Hospital that have been empanelled under the State Government,
are proposed to be included in OSTF.
Director of Medical Education and Training (DMET) has assessed the
feasibility of some of the private hospitals for referral of
patients and the Government would be moved for obtaining its
approval on the front. The process would be extended to the district
level with the Collectors called upon to submit proposals on the
private hospitals in their respective areas that they deem fit for
providing better patient care, the Odisha State Treatment Fund
Society (OSTFS), under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary B K
Patnaik, has decided.
private hospitals would be governed by a new set of guidelines which
would prescribe the parameters for treatment and charging of rates
to disbursal of assistance to the beneficiaries. The costs of
treatment would be subject to the norms of the Central Government
Health Scheme (CGHS) under which the State and Central Government
employees are covered.
objective is to ensure provisioning of better and immediate
healthcare facilities to the poor people, irrespective of their
admissions to the Government or private institutions. The Chief
Ministerís Relief Fund (CMRF) would also cease to exist from May 1
after being completely merged with OSTF and thus those admitted to
private hospitals cannot avail assistance. A detailed set of
guidelines would be formulated to ensure smooth operation of the
scheme in the private hospitals", DMET Prof P K Das said.
OSTF Society has also decided to move the Central Government to
include the three Government Medical College and Hospitals under the
Union Health Ministersí Discretionary Fund to provide financial
assistance to poor patients from outside the State. Presently, the
Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre (AHRCC) is getting about `20
lakh a year under the scheme.
substantial number of BPL patients from the neighbouring States of
Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal come for treatment to the
three MCHs, they should be able to avail the Central assistance.
However, even after more than four months since its launch in the
State, the OSTF continues to stutter with two districts of Boudh and
Malkangiri still not been able to implement it. The Government has
also taken note of the very low disbursal rates in several
districts, including the SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack
along with the Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre.
The wide gap between sanctioned cases and the disbursal in these two
premier hospitals would be probed, the Governing Body of the OSTFS