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Political rivalry shouldn't scuttle Ayushman Bharat. The biggest losers will be the deserving patients.

States that are staying away from the universal health scheme can’t fund their own. People will be deprived of better facilities and healthcare portability and the states will lose out on valuable investment and infrastructure.
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15 Feb 2019 9 Mins Read 1 comments
Patients wait during a doctors' strike at Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, on January 14, 2019. Getty Images
Patients wait during a doctors' strike at Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, on January 14, 2019.
The central government has been reaching out to states for implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY). But West Bengal, Delhi, Odisha, and Telangana — all governed by opposition parties — have ignored the Centre’s moves. According to media reports, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh also withdrew from the universal-healthcare scheme immediately after the Congress government took over
hospitals. While natives of these states are losing out on using those services, the hospitals within those states too are losing out on potential revenue they can earn by serving people from all other states,” says Bhushan. When cheap politics infects something as fundamental as healthcare, it’s the people who pay for it. ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)
The central government has been reaching out to states for implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY). But West Bengal, Delhi, Odisha, and Telangana — all governed by opposition parties — have ignored the Centre’s moves. According to media reports, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh also withdrew from the universal-healthcare scheme immediately after the Congress government took over hospitals. While natives of these states are losing out on using those services, the hospitals within those states too are losing out on potential revenue they can earn by serving people from all other states,” says Bhushan. When cheap politics infects something as fundamental as healthcare, it’s the people who pay for it. ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)

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