Sunday, October 12, 2008

Hyderabad Cochlear implantation included in Arogyasri scheme

Andhra Pradesh -
HYDERABAD: Cochlear implantation surgery for children below six years has been included in the Rajiv Arogyasri community health insurance scheme.
The board meeting of Arogyasri Health Care Trust held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy here on Sunday also resolved to include chemotherapy and radio therapy in cancer as separate protocols in addition to the diseases already covered in the pilot scheme in the phase – II of expansion. The board also decided to enhance 16 neuro and three renal packages.
The Chief Minister YSR launched the website of the trust “” with e-preauthorisation, daily management information system and real time reporting facilities. The website will ensure speedy clearance for the cases and bring total transparency.
CEO of the Rajivarogyasri trust A. Babu explained the implementation of the insurance scheme in Srikakulam, Mahabubnagar and Anantapur districts where 1.03 lakh patients were screened and 4,360 surgeries worth Rs. 24.56 crores conducted. The Board resolved to expand the scheme in phased manner to include all the 23 districts by November next year. The programme would be extended to East Godavari, West Godavari, Nalgonda, Chittoor and Ranga Reddy in phase – II from December 5 this year. The proposed expansion would benefit 48.23 lakh below poverty line families consisting of 1.68 crore population.
It was also decided to issue health cards to all the BPL families. The board approved the design of the card and authorised the CEO to print and distribute the cards in five selected districts in the second phase.
A technical and finance committee was approved to oversee bidding process of phase two expansion. Separate expenditure was approved towards conduct of health camps.