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Ayushman: Punjab patients treatment stopped at PGI Chandigarh SEXI News

Ayushman: Punjab patients treatment stopped at PGI Chandigarh

Ayushman Bharat scheme has been bankrupted in Punjab. Under this health insurance scheme, Punjab could not pay the seven months’ arrears of 16 crores to PGI Chandigarh. Due to this PGI Chandigarh has stopped the treatment of such patients of Punjab.

According to The Tribune newspaper, however, the Health Secretary of Punjab has now said that it will be paid to the PGI in a week. Punjab’s Principal Health Secretary Ajay Sharma said that the government owes Rs 300 crore under the Ayushman Bharat scheme. The matter is with the finance department and it is expected that the dues will be cleared within a week.
Every month, the institute treats around 1,200-1,400 patients from Punjab under the insurance scheme. Manjinder Singh of Fazilka district said, For the past four months, we have been denied treatment under the insurance scheme for my aunt’s knee surgery. We expected from PGI, but it has stopped treatment now.

The PGI said that the beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat scheme from Punjab are not eligible for benefits under the scheme from August 1. Any beneficiary seeking fresh admission will have to pay user fee like regular patients. A statement issued by the nodal officer of PGI for the scheme said that the beneficiaries from other states will continue to avail the services as usual.

The Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 had stopped the treatment of patients from Punjab since March this year after depositing Rs 2.3 crore. The Punjab government owes more than Rs 3 crore to private hospitals in GMCH, Sector 32, GMSH, Sector 16 and Chandigarh under this scheme.
Ayushman Bharat Sehat Bima Yojana was launched on August 20, 2019. The scheme is designed to provide health security by providing financial cover to at least 65 per cent of the population of Punjab. It is an eligibility-based health insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh per year per family. Under the scheme, cashless and paperless treatment is available in government and empaneled private hospitals.