KCR says ‘we do have Arogyasri, no need of Ayushman’


Hyderabad:┬áTelangana has not joined the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana PMJAY- Ayushman Bharat, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jharkhand Sunday ‘as of now’ and would continue to implement its health scheme, official sources said.

One of the reasons for not joining it, for the time being, was because the state’s Aarogyasri scheme covers nearly 80 lakh families, official sources said.

“We already have the Aarogyasri scheme. As of now Telangana is not participating in the (central government’s) scheme,” they told PTI.

Asked when the Centre’s flagship Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme would be implemented in Telangana, the official said “as of now Aarogyasri scheme will continue,” adding Telangana’s health coverage model is a robust programme.

The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan (PMJAY) aims to provide a coverage of Rs five lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10 crore poor families.

Eligible people can avail the benefits in the government and listed private hospitals.

Earlier, Kerala Finance Minister had rejected the Centre’s scheme and had called the ‘Ayushman Bharat’ ‘a big hoax.’

Isaac had said that under Rashtriya Swasthya Bhima Yojana, which is the existing health insurance scheme, total claims in India have been Rs. 1.20 crore, of which Rs 53 lakh is from Kerala.

He says that the programme is not functioning properly in the rest of the country as Kerala with just three per cent of the population accounts for 42 per cent of the claims.