Health Financing/Insurance

Andhra Govt. asks officials to work on health schemes

Andhra Pradesh government has proposed to amalgamate ‘Arogyasri Health Insurance Scheme’, 108 emergency medical service and 104 fixed-day health service and bring them under one umbrella to ensure effective implementation.

Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy asked the officials concerned to work out details for amalgamation of these schemes and study the advantages and disadvantages, during the first review meeting after taking charge for second term as the CM. He asked the officials to prepare a detailed report so that a proposal could be forwarded to the Government of India for making these schemes Centrally-sponsored for further expansion.

The Arogyasri health insurance and 108 emergency medical service have gone a long way in reaching out to the needy people. The state would be required to spend Rs 1,325 crore this year to cover the Arogyasri costs. The CMO informed that 4,46,518 patients have been treated as out-patients and 3,23,075 as in-patients in various network hospitals under Arogyasri at a cost of Rs 917 crore.

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