Model of the healthcare initiative "Arogyasri" draws attention of many States in
Hyderabad|India|November'2008: The Andhra Pradesh Model of the healthcare
initiative "Arogyasri" has drawn the attention of many States in the country now
with the officials of the Governments in Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka visiting
the State and exploring the possibility of replicating the scheme in one form or
other in their States.
Uttar Pradesh Health Secretary, Anoop Chandra Pandey, who held discussions with
the Principal Secretary, Medical & Health Mr.P.K. Agarwal and CEO of Aarogyasri
Trust, Mr.A.Babu, described the initiative as unique in the healthcare
management history of the country.
The Chief Minister, Dr. Y S Rajasekhara Reddy expressed happiness over the
development and asked the Aarogyasri officials to extend all possible guidance
and assistance to the States that wanted to implement the scheme. In all, 13
States in the country sought information about Aarogyasri scheme including
Assam, Uttaranchal, Delhi, Rajasthan, Orissa, MP, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and
The Chief Minister while expressing satisfaction over the implementation of the
scheme said that Andhra Pradesh was proud of being the first State in the
country and among the developing countries, to provide free and quality medical
treatment to poor and low income people in a massive scale. Prime Minister Dr.
Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi and many other leaders also
applauded the initiative.
Under the Scheme, the network hospitals had so far conducted 5,600 free health
camps in rural areas wherein over 13 lakh people underwent health check-ups and
more than 1,20,000 patients underwent Free surgeries/treatments. Aarogyasri
scheme had thus come to the rescue of many poor and low income people to get the
required treatment and undergo the most essential and life-saving surgery.
Patients were also being given free of cost follow-up treatment and medicine for
one year. As a result, the Corporate and Super specialty hospitals were now
teeming with low income people who were flooding the hospitals for treatment.
Mr. P.K.Agarwal informed to the Chief Minister that with effect from 14th
November, 2008 additional 77 ailments were incorporated in the Scheme for
treatment for accident related surgeries; Ear, Nose, Throat surgeries; Pregnancy
related diseases; Neurology related surgeries, Emergency health services related
to deadly ailments among children and old. Provision of BTE Analog hearing aid,
as announced by the Chief Minister on the World Deaf Day was also included in
the scheme. Mr Babu informed that follow up treatment for 121 diseases was
approved for Aarogyasri patients and this included counselling, tests and
medicines for a period of one year after the patient leaves the hospital.
Aarogya Mitras were working round the clock in all network hospitals to guide
and assist the patients.
In order to improve network hospital services, the Chief Minister has instructed
that 25% of the total beds in a network hospital and in each specialty be
reserved for Aarogyasri patients. Separate Out Patient facility was made
mandatory, in all network hospitals to be manned by Medical Coordinator and
Aarogya Mitras, for easy facilitation of patients.
Network hospitals were also made responsible to obtain from patients at the time
of admission itself on the applicability of Aagoryasri scheme or otherwise to
avoid later complaints of cash transactions. At least 48 hours time would be
given to the patient to show Aarogyasri health card/white ration card when a
patient comes in emergency or in an unconscious state. The Aarogyasri Trust also
decided to conduct an independent evaluation of the scheme by the Indian
Institute of Public Health and to expand its staff structure in view of the