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Everything You Need to Know About Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana

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GSSBY is Odisha’s state government health insurance scheme exclusively catering to the welfare of journalists and their families. Launched in 2018, the scheme focuses on cashless treatment facilities in government and private hospitals. 

Although it goes beyond traditional coverage, covering illnesses and injuries, journalists may encounter while discharging their duties. Through this initiative, the Odisha government aims to provide comprehensive support to the journalistic community, ensuring they can access quality healthcare when needed.

The health scheme provides two lakh rupees of health insurance coverage to all the working journalists of the state. However, in a recent interview by the honorable chief minister Naveen Patnaik witnessed a notable increase as the amount of insurance was raised from Rs. 2 lahks to Rs. 5 lahks. This enhancement in coverage will prove advantageous to 8717 working journalists and their families residing in the state.

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Key Features of Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana (GSSBY)

Here are some key features of the Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana:

  • The Odisha Journalists Health Insurance Scheme now extends coverage to at least 5 members within a journalist’s family.
  • The health scheme includes cashless treatment in government and private hospitals.
  • All the beneficiaries have been given a health card provided by the DIPRO (District Information and Public Relations Officer).

Everything You Need to Know About Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana

How Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana (GSSBY) Impacts Journalism in Odisha

The Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana (GSSBY) significantly impacts journalism in Odisha, playing a crucial role in supporting the well-being and welfare of journalists. Here’s how the government health scheme makes a difference in the lives of journalists and influences journalism in the state:

  • Strengthening press freedom and independent reporting: GSSBY’s focus on the welfare of journalists sends a positive message about the government’s commitment to press freedom and independent reporting. 
  • Reducing financial burden on journalists: Healthcare costs can significantly burden journalists, especially those working in challenging and remote regions. GSSBY’s cashless treatment facilities and increased insurance coverage reduce the financial issues for journalists during medical emergencies.
  • Improved Health Outcomes: With access to timely and quality healthcare services, journalists covered under GSSBY can seek medical attention promptly. This results in improved health outcomes and better recovery rates.

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Bottom Line 

The Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana (GSSBY) in Odisha positively impacts journalism by improving overall health outcomes. The recent enhancement in insurance coverage to Rs. 5 lakhs benefits thousands of journalists and their families, ensuring access to quality healthcare when needed. It is great to see a state government providing such facilities.

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