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The Kims story: Specialist hospitals could give Ayushman Bharat a fighting chance - if political greed doesn't break their back

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The Kims story: Specialist hospitals could give Ayushman Bharat a fighting chance - if political greed doesn't break their back

The Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, a private hospital chain in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, has been lauded for its performance under the state health-insurance scheme. But miffed with excessive workload and improper pricing, it isn't keen to participate in Ayushman Bharat.
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17 Aug 2018 5 Mins Read 0 comment
Image courtesy: kimshospitals via Facebook
Image courtesy: kimshospitals via Facebook
In 2007, Andhra Pradesh launched the Rajiv Aarogyasri Health Insurance Scheme to provide a cover of around INR1.5 lakh to over 20 million below-poverty-line families. Public- and private-sector hospitals actively participated in the programme, under which patients could avail tertiary-care services and treatment for heart and kidney problems and cancer. With the scheme being lauded as one of the
board with the scheme, but whenever the scheme is launched at scale, demand for healthcare services will shoot up as it will bring a chunk of uninsured population under coverage. Sorting out the pricing anomalies, ensuring a proper hospital network with adequate infrastructure, and keeping political greed in check will be critical for Ayushman Bharat to achieve its purpose.
In 2007, Andhra Pradesh launched the Rajiv Aarogyasri Health Insurance Scheme to provide a cover of around INR1.5 lakh to over 20 million below-poverty-line families. Public- and private-sector hospitals actively participated in the programme, under which patients could avail tertiary-care services and treatment for heart and kidney problems and cancer. With the scheme being lauded as one of the board with the scheme, but whenever the scheme is launched at scale, demand for healthcare services will shoot up as it will bring a chunk of uninsured population under coverage. Sorting out the pricing anomalies, ensuring a proper hospital network with adequate infrastructure, and keeping political greed in check will be critical for Ayushman Bharat to achieve its purpose.

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