New Delhi: The Government of Delhi on Saturday launched the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) by distributing smart cards to below poverty line (BPL) families for availing free medical treatment in designated hospitals in the national capital.
Formally distributing the cards to poor families of Magol Puri in Delhi, the Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit informed that they will be able to get cashless treatment up to Rs 30,000 for a family of five persons on premium of just Rs 30 per annum.
The smart card consists of photographs of five members of the family, including its head, their fingerprints and a toll-free number. The beneficiaries are also being provided with a list of designated hospitals and nursing homes.
In addition to government hospital, this facility is also available in more than 80 private hospitals thereby providing cashless treatment for 750 types of diseases.
The centrally sponsored RSBY scheme aims to facilitate launching of health insurance project in the national capital territory (NCT) of Delhi to unorganised sector workers belonging to BPL families.
Speaking on the occasion, Dixit said more than about 28,000 BPL families had already been enrolled as beneficiaries since March 31, 2008 and about 4.5 lakh families are in queue.
Apart from the treatment cost, the beneficiaries would be entitled for a transport allowance up to Rs 100 for commuting to and from hospitals, with a maximum limit of Rs 1,000 per annum.
A toll-free helpline has been operationalised with number 1800-11-3300 to facilitate treatment in private designated hospitals and nursing homes.
State Labour Minister Mangat Ram Singhal said that a toll-free help line number 1800-11-3300 has been operationalised to facilitate treatment in private designated hospitals and nursing homes.