Aarogyasri is the flagship scheme of all health initiatives of the State Government with a mission to provide quality healthcare for the poor. Escalating health care costs leading to rural indebtedness has prompted the government to come up with this unique program where in the beneficiary can obtain services from government/private hospitals free of cost up to Rs. 2 lakhs in a year.
From public data available on http://www.ntrvaidyaseva.ap.gov.in/ , we analyzed the aarogyasri claims during the period July’14 till July’15, pulling the stats on how money is being spent on the program.
Here is an infographic created by our team highlighting our key findings.
27% of the money is spent on cardiac treatments.
Given the fact that cardiovascular disease is leading cause of death and major cause of disability worldwide, it’s not surprising to see majority of the claim is on cardiac treatments. But this huge spend of 327 crores in one year in a way quantifies the burden of the disease in Andhra Pradesh.
79% of the money is claimed by Corporate Hospitals.
330 Aarogyasri empaneled private hospitals could claim 957 crores when compared to 90 government hospitals claiming only 255 crore as reimbursement in the same period. Government health care fund is being shifted to private sector from public sector.
Aarogyasri program does a great job in empowering the below poverty line population to access health care. However, this is still primarily a disease-treatment system. And this huge spend on Aarogyasri is skewing the public health spending towards tertiary care increasing the state health care cost with no impact on population health indicators.
Now the big question is what steps are being taken in disease prevention & disease-management programs?
– Ganesh Voona