Hyderabad: The Minister for Health, Dr D L Ravindra Reddy, on Saturday said that the has bagged the tender of Rajiv Arogyasree Phase-I, which would cover ten districts.
Speaking to the media, Dr ravindra Reddy said five companies participated in the tenders called by the government for extending health insurance coverage to Rajiv Arogyasree card-holders. The contract term of Star Health Insurance for Rajiv Arogyasree phase-I ended on Friday. This year also, the Star Health Insurance Company has managed to get the contract by quoting Rs 50 crores less to other five companies.
The minister also skipped the United Andhra leaders’ meeting held in Vijayawada due to works of finalization of Rajiv arogyasree tender. Though all the ministers from the Seemandhra stuck to United Andhra concept, they would respect the decision of the Congress high command in the matter, he made it clear.
Health secretary condemns media reports
The Secretary of Health, dr P V Ramesh, has clarified that Rajiv Arogyasree Scheme would be implemented in true spirit and there were no hurdles to it as reported in a section of media.
During a chit-chat with mediapersons while coming out from the C-block in the Secretariat, Dr Ramesh said Rajiv Arogyasree phase-I was being implemented through Star Insurance Company and phase-II through Rajiv Arogyasree Trust itself. The term of 10 districts under Rajiv Arogyasree phase-I expired a few days back and the contract was continued to Star Health Insurance by calling tenders. He made it clear that there was no truth in the media reports that Star Health Insurance was not interested to continue its services. In fact, some clinics and hospitals were demanding for hike in rates for surgeries and treatments. He felt that it was not proper on the hospitals to demand same cost of single case of surgery to the bulk cases of surgeries.
“The corporate health sector was today expensive in the State. The services of the hospitals which accepted the government rates will be enlisted in Rajiv Arogyasree”, he added.