There's nothing much to cheer about in govt health insurance schemes for the masses but private hospitals continue to rake in the moolah
IN 2007, the state government of Andhra Pradesh launched an insurance scheme that was designed to protect patients from the ‘catastrophic’ impact of out of pocket expenses incurred on hospital care. Termed as the ‘Rajiv Arogyasri’ scheme, it soon became a flagship programme of the Andhra Pradesh government and came to be held out as an example of the state government’s commitment to providing affordable health care to the poor.
The scheme was a major election plank of the ruling Congress party in the 2009 elections, and many commentators later suggested that Arogyasri’s success was a major factor in the sweeping mandate that the party received. Arogyasri’s apparent utility was quickly picked up by the Central government