More than 34 lakh families in the State have enrolled to take advantage of Rastriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), the State government informed here on Thursday.

“Claims have been raised in support of 1,25,000 families for a total amount of Rs. 38 crore. Out of this 90 per cent of claims have been raised through government hospital,” it said.

According to Labour department sources, highest 79.84 per cent of BPL families in Angul district have been enrolled in RSBY. Similarly, 78.16 per cent of BPL families in Dhenkanal, Boudh (73.73 per cent), Keonjhar (73.46 per cent), Jajpur (72.79 per cent), Mayurbhanj (70.72 per cent) and Jagatsinghpur (66.27 per cent) have registered themselves for take benefits from RSBY.

According to the provisions under the scheme the beneficiary pays a token money of Rs.30 towards registration fees and preparation cost of the cards. Government pays the annual premium ranging from Rs. 320 to Rs. 350 per family of five persons in different districts. In lieu, the beneficiary gets up to Rs. 30,000 against claims raised for treatment in enlisted hospitals. Both the government and private hospitals have been empanelled.

A high level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary B. K. Patnaik here on Wednesday deliberated on a proposal to increase the number of empanelled private hospitals.

It was decided that construction workers, bidi workers and daily labourers under MGNREGA would be included in the scheme. Rogi kalyan Samities of respective hospitals have been directed to augment the facility for patients in the hospital and utilise the users fees for adding to qualitative health services, sanitation and making available expensive medicines for the insured patients.