Number of treatments to be increased from 163 to 272
Cochlear implant surgeries included
They cost Rs. 8-10 lakh in each case
HYDERABAD: The Government had decided to undertake a major expansion of Rajiv Arogyasri, the health insurance scheme, by increasing the number of procedures/treatments under its coverage to treat ailments relating to heart, lung paediatric congenital malformation etc to 272 from the present 163.
In a major policy shift, cochlear implant surgeries have been included in the scheme to extend surgical benefit to the differently-abled children aged below six years.
Surgeries to enable them to hear and talk, costing up to Rs. 8-10 lakh in each case, will be allowed to them.
Audio-verbal therapy will be undertaken for them for one year at Government cost and all the four super speciality hospitals that have cochlear implant facilities have been listed for the scheme. Arogyasri & Medical Education Minister G. Aruna announced at a press conference here on Friday that as yet another benefit, follow-up treatment would be continued in each case of surgical correction of heart etc for one year with supply of medicines and consultation at the network hospitals.
She said Phase I of the scheme implemented in Mahabubnagar, Anantapur and Srikakulam districts was being renewed for another year from April 5 with the target of covering 24.32 lakh poor families.
Phase III would be launched later this month in Karimnagar, Medak, Kadapa, Prakasam and Nellore districts to help 1.23 crore population.
It would be extended to all districts by October.
She said Star Health & Allied Insurance Company had been selected as nodal agency to implement both Phase I Renewal and Phase III.
A premium of Rs. 119 would be paid to the company per family under Phase I Renewal and Rs. 249 per family under Phase III.
The Minister said “health cards” through which the benefits of the scheme could be claimed, would be distributed through revenue authorities to all the targeted families.
Already, 60 lakh such cards had been despatched to the districts.