Hyderabad: The Telangana Doctors’ Association on Tuesday urged the State government not to succumb to pressure from the corporate hospitals to stop the move to bring 137 medical services of Rajiv Aarogyasree under the purview of government. A delegation from the Association called on the Principal Secretary, Health, Dr P V Ramesh, and submitted a memorandum in this regard.
Speaking to the media later, the association chairman, Dr D Ramesh, said the government has decided to issue a GO bringing 137 health services under government hospitals which were under Rajiv Arogyasree. Unable to digest the government move, the corporate hospitals have been pressurizing the government to stop issuing the GO. He also deplored that the health insurance scheme has turned out to be a money spinner for the private hospitals.
He requested the government not to concede the demand of corporate hospitals for hike in amounts under various packages. Instead of encouraging private hospitals, the government should strengthen the PHCs, Area and district hospitals, he said and requested the government to make it mandatory that government doctor’s reference was needed to get treatment in corporate hospitals under Rajiv Aarogyasree Scheme.