Now, bring RSBY patients to govt hospitals, earn incentives

In a bid to improve facilities given to Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) card holders of the state, the state government on Wednesday decided to pay incentives to the medical staff as well as government employees who bring to hospital the patients covered under the scheme. The decision was taken on the occasion of World Health Day today in a monthly review meeting of the health department presided over by state health minister Anant Kumar Mishra.

"While 75 per cent of the insurance money goes to Rogi Kalyan Samiti of the hospital and another 10 per cent goes for administrative purposes, the remaining 25 per cent is given as incentive to the government employees," said Dr P K Srivastava, Joint Director, National Programme.

A committee has been formed by the state government to decide on the share of government employees from RSBY.

"There will be a close monitoring of the hospitals to keep a tab on how many patients claim the medical insurance each month. Also, all 820 CHCs of the state will be roped in for the scheme," said Dr Srivastava.

RSBY was launched in April 2008 for 15 districts of Uttar Pradesh, which was later increased to 66 districts in April 2009, leaving Azamgarh, Mirzapur, Kanshiram Nagar, Shrawasti and Faizabad. Under the scheme, smart cards are given to below poverty line families of the state for Rs 30, which provides them a medical insurance cover worth Rs 30,000.  While the state bears 25 per cent of the insurance amount, the remaining costs are borne by the Centre.

"While the state and Central governments are paying huge amounts to insurance companies, neither the public nor the government sector is getting any benefits," said a senior medical officer.

He added: "In order to promote government hospitals, the government pays commission to grassroots-level workers if they send patients to government hospitals."

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