Private hospitals in Madhya Pradesh are turning down patients seeking treatment under the Ayushman Bharat Madhya Pradesh Niramayam (AB-MPN) scheme.
The empaneled hospitals are demanding clearing of outstanding dues that have mounted to Rs 14 crore before accepting any new patient.
Sources said settlement of some 13,000 patients treated under the government-run health insurance scheme by empaneled private hospitals is pending.
Out of the 285 hospitals empaneled under AB-MPN, 86 are private.
“We are moving away from manual mode to direct bank integration. Now, we have integrated with the national portal and once the claim is sanctioned, the payment would be directly transferred to the hospital,” said Dr Vijay Kumar, AB-MPN, CEO. Payments are to be released shortly, he added.
Payments worth Rs 14 crore for the 13,000-plus patients, who received free treatment, under AB-MPN are pending. The state government started the scheme with Union government funding has one of the highest numbers of beneficiaries in the country, claimed MP health department. According to sources, government-run Hamidia hospital, too, has outstanding dues of over Rs 1.25 crore as against the treatment provided to the beneficiaries. Only recently, the MP government has announced an increase in the package cover under the AB-MPN from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7.50 lakh a family. – TOI