On day two of the first official meeting of representatives of the state’s private hospitals empanelled under the Atal Ayushman scheme and authorities implementing the scheme in Uttarakhand, the private hospitals’ representatives expressed inability to cater to patients from outside the state, especially from Uttar Pradesh.
They said that their dues are pending since months and the authorities of concerned states are not even responding to their queries. According to the Atal Ayushman authorities, over 4,000 cases from across India, including over 60% cases from UP, were treated in various hospitals in Uttarakhand.
Fifty-five private hospitals were invited for the workshop on the second day, but representatives of only 15 hospitals attended. The authorities said that among the 80 private hospitals and medical colleges empanelled in the scheme, half were invited on Monday and the rest were asked to attend the workshop on Tuesday.
Official from a private hospital in Haridwar said that payment, amounting to around Rs 3.8 lakh, from nine cases is still pending at the hospital. Another hospital from the same district also raised a similar concern and expressed inability to treat patients from UP.
“Initially, we tried to pursue the matter with Atal Ayushman authorities in UP but they didn’t respond to our emails. Then we tried to meet them personally in Lucknow but no one turned up. Haridwar district is closest to several western UP cities, including Amroha, Saharanpur and Najibabad, so we get a lot of patients from there. If we continue treating patients from UP, we will soon go bankrupt and hence don’t want any patients from there,” said an official from another private hospital in Haridwar who didn’t wish to be named.
Meanwhile, Dilip Kotia, chairman of Uttarakhand health agency, urged the hospitals to not turn down patients from neighbouring states. “We will take up the matter at the earliest and the hospitals can directly write to National Health Authority (NHA). Till then, we urge the hospitals to not turn down any patient and ensure proper treatment to all,” Kotia said.
Confirming that Uttarakhand has already treated over 4,000 patients from across the country, state director of Atal Ayushman scheme Abhishek Tripathi said that not many claims are pending with them.
“Though we won’t be able to confirm the exact number of cases with pending dues, but we are sure that it won’t be more that 3% as we try to clear all claims within 10 days,” Tripathi said. – TOI