West Bengal Expanded the ‘Swasthya Sathi’ Health Scheme

The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, has expanded the state-run health scheme called ‘Swasthya Sathi’

Highlights

  • The scheme will now cover the entire population of the state.
  • The extension of the scheme would now be applicable from December 1, 2020.
  • This scheme runs parallel to the Centre’s ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme for which the funds are shared in the ratio of 60:40 between centre and state.
  • While, the ‘Swasthya Sathi’ scheme is totally funded by the West Bengal government.
  • Earlier, the scheme was to cover 7.5 crore people but now, it will cover every person including child, old man and woman. The scheme would cover the persons irrespective of religious affinity.

Swasthya Sathi

  • This scheme was officially launched in December 2016.
  • Under the Swasthya Sathi scheme, all the state-run hospitals and private hospitals in the state have been included.
  • Under the scheme, every family will be given one smart card. The smart card would help the person to avail the benefits of ‘Swasthya Sathi’.
  • This scheme is a basic health cover scheme that provides secondary and tertiary care up to ₹five lakh per annum per family.
  • The smart health card will be issued in the name of the family, usually a woman.
  • State will bear an expense of ₹2,000 crore for the health scheme.
  • Families will be enrolled in the scheme after the government representatives will start visiting every household in the state under the ‘Duare Duare Poschimbongo Sarkar’ scheme.

‘Duare Duare Poschimbongo Sarkar’ scheme.

This is the ‘West Bengal government at your doorstep’ scheme. The scheme was launched on November 23, 2020.  The scheme was launched with an aim to address the grievances of the people from the block level.