It is good news; for the State; for over two crores of BPL Arogysri card-holding families; but if the proposal of Arogyasri scheme, which may soon become a Government of India-assisted scheme, materialises. The State Government of Andhra Pradesh has already requested the Government of India to adopt the Arogyasri scheme as a nationally-assisted healthcare scheme for poor and low income people. If the proposal of the State Government is accepted, it will become a Centrally-assisted scheme.
The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Dr K Rosaiah who has taken up this issue with the Planning Commission has been insisting that the Government of India should assist such a noble and gigantic healthcare scheme. ‘I hope that the Centre would come forward to adopt the Arogyasree scheme recognised all over the world as a unique rural healthcare programme,” he says.
Arogyasri is the unique healthcare scheme launched by the former Chief Minister Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy for providing quality healthcare and treatment to the poor and low income in Corporate hospitals without spending a single paisa. This “cashless” quality treatment in the Government and Corporate Super Specialty Hospitals for nearly 950 types of diseases has become a boon for the people.
It may be stated here that Arogyasri scheme has already become very popular with other States and in other countries as well. The transparent and unique online treatment and payment scheme which is being monitored 24×7 by a team of expert doctors. Success of Arogyasri had also caught the attention of the UPA chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister who had advised other Sates to follow the example of Andhra Pradesh to provide effective healthcare solutions to the rural poor.
Arogyasree is implemented through a robust online IT solution to effectively reach the beneficiaries. Service is provided through 340 network hospitals and around 10,000 concurrent users utilise the online services of the scheme for various schemes which include the patient registration to claim submission and follow up procedures.