The Andhra Pradesh Government should revise its Arogyasri, cashless health and other health insurance schemes so that they are of benefit to the smaller hospitals, the A.P. Private Hospitals and Nursing Home Association (APNA) representatives said here on Thursday.

The association’s Krishna district president A. Trimurthy Rao and secretary P. Srinivas, addressing a press conference, said that several small and medium-sized hospitals in the State were getting closed because of the reduction in the services provided under Arogyasri to people living below the poverty line.

They said that the government should revise these health insurance schemes so that even patients undergoing treatment in hospitals with 15 beds or less benefit.

The office-bearers said that the Supreme Court awarding compensation to the tune of Rs. 5.96 crore in a medical negligence case at the Advanced Medical and Research Institute (AMRI) in Kolkata was a shocking matter to those of the medical profession. They said that the APNA was working in collaboration with the Indian medical Association (IMA) to face the development which could lead to the closure of several hospitals.

At a small function that followed, Vijayawada IMA president Indla Ramasubba Reddy, felicitated APNA member from the city C.S.R. Prasada Rao on being elected unanimously as the association state president at the Annual State Convention held in Warangal last week. Another member from the city P.V. Madhusudhan Sarma was also elected as state executive member.

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