Over 50 per cent beds for Arogyasri at Mahaveer Hospital
Over half of the beds at Mahaveer Hospital, Masab Tank will now be reserved exclusively for the beneficiaries of Arogyasri scheme.
The beds set up in new Arogyasri wards were inaugurated by Chief Minister Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Sunday. The hospital, which has a past record of working closely with health authorities in extending free tuberculosis treatment to scores of patients, will now be using 50 per cent of its capacity for patients covered under the universal health scheme. Lauding its efforts, Dr. Reddy assured Government’s support to the hospital’s future endeavours.
“There are nearly 30,000 beds in private hospitals out of which about 8,000 beds are occupied by beneficiaries of the insurance scheme. That’s a huge figure because till recently affording such a costly medicare was a dream for the poor,” pointed out Dr. Reddy. Arogyasri scheme has become the best example of a successful public-private partnership in the country. “Even at KIMS hospital, which has bed strength of 250, almost 100 beds are now being used by Arogyasri patients,” the Chief Minister said. Highlighting the history of the hospital, which was set up in 1978, Chairman of Bhagwan Mahaveer Memorial Trust Shantilal Daga, which runs the hospital, requested Chief Minister to hasten the process of renewing the lease license of the land on which the hospital is located.
“Given the track record of the hospital, we request authorities either to permanently give the land to the trust or quickly renew the lease license of the land for another 30 years,” Mr. Daga requested.
Later on, Chief Minister assured Government’s support to renew the lease license of the hospital.
Arogyasri has transformed health sector, says YSR
World-class operation theatres opened at Gandhi Hospital
Scheme helped State hospitals leverage funds for development
Success of Gandhi Hospital should be a case study for others, says YSR
The Rajiv Arogyasri scheme has acted as a catalyst to stimulate government hospitals from slumber and has become a change agent, transforming health sector in the State, according to Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
Dr. Reddy was speaking at a function after inaugurating three world-class operation theatres for cardio-thoracic surgery at Gandhi hospital.
The Chief Minister, who was in an expansive mood, spoke at length about the deep-rooted problems of infrastructure and fund crunch at government hospitals before the universal insurance scheme was introduced. “Could anyone have imagined that Gandhi Hospital can ever be able to conduct nine high-end cardiac surgeries in a day? Just imagine what more can be done in years to come,” he said.
Dr. Reddy said the introduction of health insurance scheme helped government hospitals to leverage funds for infrastructure development. “The success of Gandhi Hospital in implementing Arogyasri scheme should be a case study for others in the health sector,” he said.
1,000 heart surgeries
The hospital now was capable of taking up over 1,000 heart surgeries in a year, thanks to the newly commissioned hi-tech operation theatres. “The fact that Gandhi Hospital has used a part of the money raised from Arogyasri scheme to fund infrastructure is very heartening,” Dr. Reddy said.
The Chief Minister brushed aside rumours that the hospital would be made semi-autonomous. “We accorded such status to hospitals in districts where we were facing shortage of doctors. We are starting 10 dialysis centres in various parts of the State and Gandhi Hospital is one among them,” he informed.
On the request of the hospital authorities, Dr. Reddy approved to set up a nursing college on the hospital premises. “We are ready to construct hostels for junior doctors and staff quarters. I just want the doctors of this hospital to rededicate themselves and keep up the good work,” he said.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Medical Education and Health Insurance Galla Aruna Kumari, Secunderabad MP Anjan Kumar Yadav, Minister for BC Welfare M. Mukesh Goud and top officials from the Health Department.
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Health insurance scheme falls flat
Rajiv Giri Bala Raksha scheme in cold storage
Under the scheme insurance companies provide accidental insurance
Many private hospitals empanelled by insurance firms not open to the scheme
Have you ever heard about ‘Rajiv Giri Bala Raksha’ scheme launched at the end of 2006? This is one of the several schemes launched by the State government two years back and the most unused, at least in Medak district.
The scheme was aimed at providing health insurance to tribal students studying at Ashram Schools, tribal welfare hostels, gurukul schools and colleges, mini gurukul vidyalayas and Kasturba Gandhi Girl schools.
The basic features of the scheme were that the Tribal Welfare Department would pay Rs. 20 per each student to the insurance company and in turn the insurance company would provide health insurance to the tune of Rs. 5,000 per each student in addition to accidental insurance. In the case of accidental death of a student, the company would pay Rs. 15,000 to the parents or guardian of the deceased student.
The company will also offer a transport expenditure of Rs. 500 (maximum) to shift the student to any hospital.
Though the scheme is offering many facilities, so far only two cases were referred to the insurance company for reimbursement of expenditure incurred to treat the students.
Plea to Collector
While wardens at the hostels are facing the problem of non responsiveness from the private hospitals empanelled by the insurance company, none of them know that the company would reimburse the amount even if any student was treated at another hospital, in the case of emergency. “There are instances where the doctors rejected to take up the cases and at least in one instance we are forced to shift a student from one hospital to another hospital due to the same reason,” said an official of the department on condition of anonymity.
They wish the intervention at the level of district Collector to convince the private hospitals to treat the tribal students in time, when required.
Not a single case
There are at least another four districts in the State where not even a single case was referred to the insurance company, the official added.
Many of the times the wardens taking pains to shift the suffering students to government hospitals instead of getting them treated in private hospitals.
The scheme was aimed at providing health insurance to tribal students.