AP government unveils universal health scheme

Those who want to get benefits should enroll their names between January 1 to February 28.

By Author  |  Published: 1st Jan 2017  7:57 pm
N Chandrababu Naidu
File Photo: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu

Vijayawada: The AP government on Sunday introduced Arogya Raksha, a universal health scheme for the benefit of the Above Poverty Line people, aiming to ensure health insurance to every individual up to Rs 2 lakh per annum. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu launched the scheme at Tummalapalli Kalakshetram in Vijayawada on Sunday on the occasion of the new year, saying this is the first of its kind health security initiative in India.

Naidu announced that this scheme would cover 1,044 diseases, adding that insurance holders can consult any of the 432 identified hospitals including 80 Government General Hospitals. He said about 35 lakh families would benefit from this scheme.

He said those who want to get benefits should enroll their names between January 1 to February 28. They would be covered under the scheme from March 31 onwards, he said. Naidu said that in order to get eligibility, every individual has to pay Rs 1,200 per annum. That means, every individual in the family have to pay Rs 1,200 to get family benefits.

He said the Cabinet approved the scheme on Saturday, the last working day of 2016 adding that his first signature of 2017 is on this scheme. The scheme would be linked to the Aadhaar number of the beneficiary and citizens would be eligible for the insurance by providing Aadhaar number at hospital during the treatment.

He said the AP government aims at health and happiness of its citizens for which this intervention would help a lot. Naidu said, unless one ensures health security, the life span would gradually decrease, adding that people in some countries have 100 years of life span.

He reiterated that AP should be within the number three best States in the country by 2022, number one in the country by 2029 and the number one in the world by 2050. To achieve this, the future is depends on education and health.

He said the State is giving priority to the health sector and for introducing the latest technology in government hospitals. The officials could monitor the work of 5,400 health equipments in all the government hospitals in AP, he said. Through cloud computing, the doctors can find out the patient’s condition from anywhere in the world, Naidu said, adding that the technology is available with the government hospitals in the State.

He also added that the heart transplantation operations are successfully going on at the Government General Hospital in Guntur. The Chief Minister also participated in a book festival in Vijayawada and said the government would promote art and culture in the State.

Meanwhile, the State government employees and political leaders of TDP wished the CM at his residence on the occasion of new year. Naidu also greeted the public to live peacefully with wealth and health.