Vijayawada: In a major shock to the state government Andhra Pradesh Speciality Hospitals Association (ASHA) has decided to stop YSR Aarogyasri Services from November 27, 2023. The ASHA demanded the government to release Rs.1000 crores worth dues immediately.
YSR Aarogyasri is the most popular scheme in AP which provides comprehensive health insurance cover. Around 93% of the state’s population is covered under this scheme. A total of 3500 procedures were provided for free to the poor under this scheme.
Network hospitals were demanding the state government to revise the cost of procedures and clear the claims on time.
The ASHA earlier staged a protest in May 2023 and threatened to stall services under Aarogyasri. State government promised to resolve the long pending demands.
The ASHA alleged that no demands were cleared even after the principal secretary and other authorities gave clear assurance.
TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh responded to the issue. Lokesh alleged that hospitals stalled Arogyasri services and placed boards outside entry points denying free treatment. “This government publicizes that they are doing good to the poor. But fact is that they ignored the majority of schemes which do good to the poor and needy. Arogyasri is facing a tough time with the poor financial condition of the state. Hope the government clears dues soon,” Lokesh said.