'We already have Aarogyasri scheme,' Telangana out of Ayushman Bharat
One of the reasons for not joining it for the time being was because the state's Aarogyasri scheme covers nearly 80 lakh families, official sources said.
Published: 23rd September 2018 05:11 PM | Last Updated: 23rd September 2018 05:18 PM | A+A A-
HYDERABAD: Telangana has not joined the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana PMJAY- Ayushman Bharat, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jharkhand Sunday 'as of now' and would continue to implement its health scheme, official sources said.
One of the reasons for not joining it, for the time being, was because the state's Aarogyasri scheme covers nearly 80 lakh families, official sources said.
"We already have the Aarogyasri scheme. As of now Telangana is not participating in the (central government's) scheme," they told PTI.
Asked when the Centre's flagship Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme would be implemented in Telangana, the official said "as of now Aarogyasri scheme will continue," adding Telangana's health coverage model is a robust programme.
The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan (PMJAY) aims to provide a coverage of Rs five lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10 crore poor families.
Eligible people can avail the benefits in the government and listed private hospitals.
Total claims under RSBY so far is 120 lakhs.Kerala accounts for 53 lakhs. Kerala with a population share of 3 per cent accounts for 42 per cent of the claims - a sad commentary on implementation . Ayushmann Bharat also is on the same track. Just for information Kerala baiters— Thomas Isaac (@drthomasisaac) September 21, 2018
Earlier, Kerala Finance Minister had rejected the Centre's scheme and had called the 'Ayushman Bharat'
'a big hoax.'
I ignore trolls and abuses. Let us debate about Ayushmann Bharat. The arguement that larger the no. of beneficiaries, lower would be the premium is irrelevant. Each state is going to independently tender for beneficiaries as per central norms, just as in RSBY....(1/2)— Thomas Isaac (@drthomasisaac) September 20, 2018
Isaac had told The Indian Express that under Rashtriya Swasthya Bhima Yojana, which is the existing health insurance scheme, total claims in India have been Rs. 1.20 crore, of which Rs 53 lakh is from Kerala.
He says that the programme is not functioning properly in the rest of the country as Kerala with just three per cent of the population accounts for 42 per cent of the claims.