On January 3, 2020,In a bid to provide free medical treatment to the poor, The Chief Minister (CM) of Andhra Pradesh (AP),Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy has inaugurated “YSR Aarogyasri scheme” at Eluru in West Godavari district of AP.
The scheme will be extended to each district of the state from the month April 2020.Key Points:
i.Eligibility & Treatment amount: The revamped healthcare scheme is aimed at providing free medical treatment to people having an annual income of up to Rs 5 lakh & those eligible people will also be given Aarogyasri cards. For this, the state government will distribute 1.42 crores cards with QR (Quick Response) codes across the state. Free treatment will be provided to the person whose treatment cost is more than Rs 1,000.
ii.Coverage: The flagship scheme will cover 2,059 medical ailments, up from the previous 1059 diseases.
iii.Post-surgery care: Further, each & every eligible patient will be provided with a financial assistance of Rs 225 per day, with a maximum of Rs 5000 per month by Dr YSR Aarogyasri Health Care Trust for post-surgery care.
iv.Pension: The eligible patient will also be provided with pension ranging from Rs 3,000 – Rs 10,000 based on the disease.
v.ASHA Workers: Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) ,a community health worker will also deployed for every 350 houses in the state. In addition to this, the salaries of sanitation employees in hospitals will also be increased to Rs 16,000 from Rs 8,000.
vi. Ambulances: A total of 1056 ambulances will be purchased by the state by March 2020 & 510 medicines with WHO (World Health Organization) standards will be made available in government hospitals by April 2020.
About Andhra Pradesh(AP):
Governor– Biswabhusan Harichandan.
State animal– Blackbuck.
State bird– rose ringed parakeet.