The State Government has extended the pilot project under which medical expenses exceeding Rs.1,000 will come under the ambit of Aarogyasri, to other six districts to be implemented from July 16.
In addition to this, the total number of medical ailments was also increased from the existing 1,059 to 2,200, including those special cancer care services. Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy issued orders to officials to this effect on Monday. As per the Chief Minister’s instructions, the scheme will be made available in the six districts — Kadapa, Kurnool, Prakasam, Guntur, Vizianagaram, and Visakhapatnam — to those people whose treatment amount crosses Rs 1,000. As promised in January this year, the Chief Minister launched YSR Aarogyasri scheme as a pilot project in West Godavari district, to cover 2,059 medical ailments.
Although only 1,059 procedures were provided during the previous government, the State government initially increased them to 2,059, which later went up to 2,200, including the cancer care procedures. Apart from revamping the healthcare services, the Chief Minister also cleared the pending bills by the previous government to network hospitals. Since June 2019, Rs 1,815 crore was utilised for the Aarogyasri scheme and Rs 315 crore for Employee Health Scheme (EHS).