Prime Time Zone, Telangana Bureau: Although the Telangana government initially opposed the ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme introduced by the central government two years ago, it announced that it would implement it only on December 31. A month after the announcement, the guidelines, duty policies and official statement have not been released yet. But the ‘Ayushman Bharat’ and ‘Arogyasree’ schemes will be implemented simultaneously in the state, a department official said. The ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme is expected to benefit about half a million people in the state. However, regardless of the state decision, some private hospital owners are in direct consultation with the Center to implement the ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme. The Arogyasree scheme is applicable only to hospitals in the state while ‘Ayushman Bharat’ is applicable to the entire country. It also has a ‘portability’ facility. People from other states can avail treatment through ‘Ayushman Bharat’ at a recognized hospital in the area. Until the state government formally issues orders, private hospitals will be able to provide treatment to people from states other than the state.
The state government has allocated about Rs. State Health Minister Itala Rajender recently said that Rs 1,300 crore was being allocated. In fact, the average cost of the scheme is over Rs 700 crore. Private hospitals have not received timely bills from the government for a few months. The owners of the hospitals protested against the government’s negligence. Arogyasree services have been discontinued. Now that ‘Ayushman Bharat’ is in use, the financial burden on the state government is likely to be reduced. There will be some relief with funding from the center.
Benefit to low-income groups:
The Central Government has formulated some guidelines for the low-income groups under the scheme. Different regulations were suggested for the poor in rural and urban areas. Those who depend only on labor without their own land, those who live in huts and sheds without a house, SC-ST families .. It has made some rules like this. In urban areas, however, domestic workers, garbage collectors, beggars, sanitation workers, drivers, conductors, cleaners, rickshaw workers, tailors, artisans, plumbers, electricians, welders, painters, porters, security guards, watchmen, carpenters, etc. The people of the sections are said to be the beneficiaries under this scheme.
There are about half a million people in the state
Through ‘Ayushman Bharat’, about one lakh low-income families in the state have access to medical services. However, about 88 lakh families have been able to benefit from the ‘Arogyasree’ scheme currently being implemented in the state. The scheme provides a maximum of Rs 2 lakh to Rs 3 lakh for public and private hospitals for about a thousand types of ailments. The state government has not yet formulated guidelines and modalities for the implementation of ‘Ayushman Bharat’ but wants to implement the two schemes simultaneously. According to sources in the Department of Health, AYUSHMAN India will provide medical services under the scheme to the beneficiaries who fall under this scheme and to those who do not fall under this scheme through ‘Arogyasree’.
Arogyasree is being implemented for all white ration card holders. Many affluent sections are availing medical services through this ration card under the name of Arogyasree scheme. About one-third of the existing beneficiaries will be covered under ‘Ayushman Bharat’. State health officials are working on the implementation of Aayushman Bharat at the grassroots level but are preparing clear guidelines in line with the final decision from the Chief Minister.