‘Ayushman Bharat,’ the most ambitious health scheme of Modi government, which is scheduled to be launched on September 23, is facing a major hurdle as only seven local hospitals have agreed to be part of scheme.  Out of seven hospitals, which have shown interest to be empanelled for scheme, five are eye hospitals.

Concerned over lack of interest shown by private hospitals for the scheme, district collector Nishant Warvade has called a meeting with district health department officials and private hospitals on Thursday to motivate them for joining the scheme. “Only seven hospitals have been empanelled. But we are not responsible for empanelling hospitals for scheme. Government will do it,” chief medical and health officer Dr HN Nayak said.

He said health department, on its part, has completed data collection and appointed ‘Ayushman Mitra’ under the scheme. Meanwhile, private hospital owners have blamed lack of clarity with regard to provisions and implementation of scheme. They said the terms are not clear. They have objected to making NABH accreditation compulsory under the scheme.

Nursing Home Association president Dr Vijay Harlalka said there are many conditions for private hospitals, which are not clear in the scheme. Hospitals with NABH accreditation, poor incentives and issues pertaining to National Accreditation Board for Laboratories need to be addressed. ‘Don’t know NABH accredited hospitals
CMHO Dr Nayak expressed ignorance about number of hospitals in the city that have accreditation from NABH and said he will check the exact number.

Pvt hospitals’ problems
1 Accreditation from National Accreditation Board for Hospitals is important, which is difficult for small and medium level private hospitals to follow die to stringent norms and high fee.
2 Low packages for hospitals for treatment and surgeries
3 No clarity over insurance company involved
4 No clarity over grievance redressal body in condition of dispute between hospital and patient
Hospitals that have shown interest
1 Retina Speciality Centre
2 Laxmi Devi Memorial Eye Hospital
3 Life Care Hospital
4 Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Science
5 Vinayaka Hospital
6 Rohit Eye Hospital
7 Rajas Eye Hospital

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