Eluru: Chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy launched Arogyasri pilot project on Friday. He also released the quick response code (QR) cards in Eluru.
The CM said Arogyasri has been extended to cover 2,059 diseases which was earlier limited to 1059 and would be applicable for all medical bills exceeding Rs 1,000.
The scheme would now cover cancer, chikungunya, sun stroke, malaria and typhoid and will be applicable to families whose annual income is below Rs 5 lakh. A total of 1.42 crore cards would be issued.
Jagan further said over 150 super-specialty hospitals in Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore were brought under the scheme from November last and financial assistance is being given since Dec 2. Rs 225 per day or Rs 5,000 will be given for post-surgery care, he said, adding that children born with hearing difficulties would get Rs 9 lakh for treatment.
“Government hospitals have been equipped with 510 varieties of medicines and would maintain WHO standards, while dialysis patients are given a pension of Rs 10,000,” the CM said, adding that the scheme would be extended to thalasemia, hemophilia and sickle cell patients from February 1.
Rs 5,000 pension to patients of elephantiasis, paralysis and muscular dysfunction, and Rs 3,000 pension for leprosy patients from Feb 1 were among his other announcements. Salary of hospital sanitation staff would be enhanced to Rs 16,000 from the present Rs 8,000, he said.
All 5,000 primary health centres in the state would be upgraded. Research centres would be established at Palasa and Markapuram to support kidney patients. He further said efforts were on to set up medical colleges in Markapuram, Pidugurala, Machilipatnam, Paderu, Vizianagaram, Eluru and Pulivendula for which tenders would be called in six weeks.-Times Of India