With their unpaid dues mounting to around Rs 500 crore, about 190 private hospitals empanelled with the Telangana Aarogyasri Health Care Trust (TAHCT) in the state have decided to stop Aarogyasri services yet again.
This despite the TAHCT chief executive officer Dr M Chandrasheker announcing release of Rs 250 crore in a statement released on Monday evening hours after private empanelled Aarogyasri hospitals took a decision to boycott services for Below Poverty Line (BPL) patients indefinitely.
“The announcement of release of Rs 250 crore is a lie. We will be boycotting Aarogyasri services until all our dues are cleared and money is credited into our accounts,“ said Dr Indrasena Reddy, core committee member of Aarogyasri sub-committee in Telangana Private Hospitals & Nursing Homes’ Association (THANA).
In fact, in all the 94 private empanelled Aarogyasri hospitals in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts alone, their dues have reportedly crossed Rs 250 crore mark out of the total Rs 500 crore that have accumulated for over a year. Meanwhile, the boycott of Aarogyasri services is likely to affect over 2,000 in patients and 20,000 out patients (OPs) on an average every day. “Every time, the gornment is giving us false vernment is giving us false assurance and releasing token amounts,“ said Dr T Narasinga Reddy, chairman, Aarogyasri sub-committee in Telangana Private Hospitals & Nursing Homes’ Association (THANA), adding that they had already boycotted Employees Health Scheme and Journalists’ Health Scheme two months ago.
eenadu news paper 04-10-2016: http://epaper.eenadu.net