Ayushman Bharat: UP CM told to treble daily treatments
A laggard Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state of the country, has been advised “to raise the game” in the implementation of the Ayushman Bharat Yojana and treble the number of daily treatments under the scheme at present.
Ayushman Bharat CEO Indu Bhushan travelled to Lucknow on Monday and met UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) and Chiefs of Medical Colleges from across UP to suggest measures that UP can adopt to increase the penetration of the medical insurance scheme in the state. “UP is reporting about 1,000 treatments under the scheme daily which is less considering there are over a Crore beneficiary families in UP.
We have asked if the level can be raised to 3,000 treatments daily. The public hospitals need to be more actively involved while we will work on early payments to private hospitals to make them more enthusiastic about the scheme. The CM has promised all cooperation to us and said he will pass instructions to officials for gearing up to the task,” Ayushman Bharat CEO Indu Bhushan told ET.
ET had reported on November 22 that out of claims worth Rs 7,602 Cr raised country-wide under the scheme till November 20, Uttar Pradesh raised claims worth only Rs 247 Cr and reported just 2.3 lakh hospital admissions out of nearly 62 lakh admissions country-wide. This was despite 1.18 Cr potential beneficiary families of the scheme in UP. Bihar fared worse than UP under the scheme.
It was pointed out on Monday to the UP government that some district hospitals in UP had not done even one treatment under the scheme for the last one week and that the public hospitals were not simply doing enough. It has been suggested that public hospitals in each district be ranked under the scheme to foster competition and do a screening of all patients going to the public hospitals so that they can be given treatment under the scheme. Only 2,312 hospitals in UP are empaneled under the Ayushman Bharat scheme so far including 842 public hospitals and 1,470 private hospitals. About 2,628 Health and Wellness Centres are operational in UP under the scheme so far.