Cover COVID-19 treatment in #Aarogyasri Scheme
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Honorable Sri K. Chandrashekar Rao,
Chief Minister ,
Government of Telangana, India
Sub : Include COVID-19 treatment in Aarogyasri scheme.
Due to rampage of Covid – 19 second wave, the poor and needy in Telangana are unable to afford the medical treatment and running from pillar to post for financial assistance and treatment at Government and private / corporate hospitals.
Several Covid-19 patients who didn’t get an admission at Government hospitals, the patient families are trying to admit the patients at various private/corporate hospitals for better treatment.
Private hospitals are taking advantage of patient’s critical situation and charging them in lakhs in the name of treatment. They are thoroughly violating the law (GO-No-248) laid in by the Telangana Government.
(GO-No-248) was released by Telangana Government on 15th June 2020, and after few days i.e on 6th July 2020 It has released “discreetly” a Government Order G.O Rt No 281, for amending GO 248 issued earlier that had fixed a price cap on treatment and testing for Covid-19 in private hospitals.
As per the amended version of the GO 248, the GO 281 mentions that the price cap does not apply to patients who subscribe to insurance as mode of payment.
The GO says, “The rates are not applicable to patients subscribing insurance schemes, as well as patients being treated under various agreements/MoUs, entered into the hospitals and different sponsored groups or corporate entities.”
The existing GOs are not comprehensive and they don’t include several critical tests and treatments required for Covid treatment. There are several Public Interest Litigations (PIL) filed in Telangana high court about Covid-19 treatment and how private hospitals exploiting patients by charging excessive billing. Honorable Telangana High Court also has taken a serious view of the issue and asked the government to issue a fresh GO fixing the cap on COVID-19 tests and treatment.
After receiving several complaints on hospital about excessive charging from patients, Telangana Government issued show cause notices to hospitals on whom complaints received, and for 27 hospitals (as on 1st June, 2021) Covid-19 treatment license revoked as well.
There are several cases circulating in social media, how few corporate / private hospitals are harassing patients to pay more money in the name of Covid-19 treatment. They are repeatedly violating the laws and we are requesting honorable Telangana Chief Minister Sir, to take a strict action on these Covid Vultures.
In the month of May 2021, one of the private hospital in Hyderabad charged 23 Lakh Rupees for Covid-19 treatment from the patient.
In few cases private / corporate hospitals giving treatment estimations in lakhs, where the patients are unable to bare the treatment cost, going to crowdfunding platforms to raise money for their treatment cost. (There is one case where one of the hospital gave 73 Lakh rupees as treatment cost estimation)
Imagine the plight of the poor and needy who does not have any medical insurance or any financial savings especially during this Covid-19 pandemic time, how would they can able to afford the treatment?
In twitter one of the user Asad Hussain went out his anger, frustration as follows “ Every Pvt Hospital in Hyderabad are forcing poor people either to sell their jewellery or their houses just to pay their hospital bills and our Telangana govt is so helpless that they cannot take any kind of hospitals against them. What is the meaning in issuing such GO's.
Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases in Telangana, several political parties, social, human rights activists demanded honorable Telangana Chief Minister to include COVID-19 treatment in Aarogyasri scheme.
Danasari Anasuya (Seethakka) MLA (Mulug) Telangana, Venkat Balmoor President, NSUI Telangana, several NSUI Leaders and activists who did a hunger strike for two days (April 26, 27, 2021) at Indira Park, Hyderabad demanding Telangana Chief Minister to include Covid-19 treatment in Aarogyasri scheme.
A young little girl Mudraboyina Niharika holding placard showing the quote as "కరోనాను ఆరోగ్యశ్రీలో చేర్చాలని నిరసన దీక్ష" demanded Telangana Chief Minister to include Covid-19 treatment in Aarogyasri Scheme.
We have started this Change.org petition in solidarity to all those who are demanding Telangana Government to include Covid-19 treatment in Aarogyasri scheme.
We are requesting that Telangana Government should consider to treat Covid-19 in Aarogyasri Scheme immediately. Government should consider the responsibility of safe guarding the health Telangana citizens in this critical situation and save them from loot by private/ corporate hospitals.
Telangana Congress party leaders Danasari Anasuya (Seethakka) Ponnam Prabhakar Uttam Kumar Reddy and Dasoju Sravan Kumar have already demanded Telangana Chief Minister to include Covid-19 treatment in Arogyasri scheme.
Telangana Chief Minister during first wave of Covid – 19 has announced that the Government would soon take a decision to include COVID-19 treatment under Aarogyasri scheme.
On May 18th 2021 Telangana Chief Minister announced the decision to join the Central Government’s #AyushmanBharat Scheme i.e. PM Jana Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY).
Telangana BJP President Bandi Sanjay Kumar welcomed Telangana Government decision to join #AyushmanBharat scheme, however he also demanded Telangana Chief Minister to include Covid-19 treatment in Aarogyasri Scheme then only it will be beneficial for the people of Telangana.
We are expecting that honorable Chief Minister Sri K.Chandra Shekar Rao garu take a decision in the favor of poor and needy and include Covid-19 treatment immediately in Aarogyasri scheme.
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