Chhattisgarh Health and Family Welfare Minister T S Singh Deo announced in the state Legislative Assembly on Tuesday that all tests, treatment, and medicines will be free of charge at government-run health facilities in Chhattisgarh beginning June 1.
He made the announcement in response to a debate on the demand for grants for the health department in the fiscal years 2022-23.
Notably, elections in the Congress-ruled state are scheduled for the end of the year.
“A cashless system will be implemented in all government hospitals from June 1, whereby patients will not have to pay even a single rupee for treatment, tests, and medicines,” Singh Deo said.
He also stated that all Out-patient departments (OPD), In-patient departments (IPD), and diagnostic services will be provided for free.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel approved the scheme, which would add a new dimension to the state’s “Nyay” (justice) schemes and help achieve the goal of providing healthcare to people as a matter of right, according to the minister.
The scheme will be known as the ‘Swasthya Nyay Yojna,’ according to an official in Singh Deo’s office.
The health minister also informed the House that, because human resources are critical to ensuring universal healthcare, the number of specialist doctors at government hospitals has increased from 179 to 534 in the last four years.
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