At present Ayushman Bharat, where India today’s special investigation team (SIT) finding; that the project could be running up against non-compliance in terms of its implementation on the ground. Ayushman Bharat also known as Modicare seems to have been contaminated by infectious greed, with some hospitals on its panel refusing treatment to patients entitled to the scheme; an India Today investigation has finding. Billed as a game-changer for the most vulnerable, Ayushman Bharat was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September last year, targeting 50 crore beneficiaries.
So far, around 16,000 hospital have been empanelled for the programme. But, the probe discovered some of them shying away from treating the patients entitled to Ayushman Bharat scheme. Of the target 50-crore beneficiaries, more than 40 lakh have already been enrolled in the PM Modi’s flagship healthcare project. The cashless and paperless scheme promises an annual cover of Rs 5 lakh per family, with no cap on family size. The assurance covers surgery, daycare, medicine, diagnostics and transport costs.
Ayushman Bharat scheme
But when India Today’s reporters, posing as attendants of a poor typhoid patient, visited the Golden Hospital in Haryana’s Palwal district, it refused treatment. The healthcare facility is listing on Ayushman’s panel as reflecting on the project’s online portal. Dr Anshuman Das, the Golden Hospital’s medical head, claiming that typhoid was not covering under Ayushman Bharat scheme. The website of Ayushman Bharat is a one-stop source for all information linked to the programe from the comprehensive list of empanelled hospitals in every state to conditions they cover.
Against their names, the designating facilities have specific codes assigning for treatments they are requiring to offer to the beneficiaries. Down below, the codes are explaining for specialities covered M1 for general medicine; and M6 for radiation oncology, for instance. Another webpage on the portal taking us to a wider list of specialities. When clicked, a Microsoft Excel document opens up, showing conditions and diseases assured under the programme.
General medicine category
When India Today’s team looked up the portal, the search revealing that the Golden Hospital is requiring to treat enteric fever, a medical term for typhoid, under Ayushman Bharat packages. But its medical head scorning the scheme as a wasteful freebie. At a government hospital in Haryana’s Palwal, India Today’s investigative team next met Jitendra, the district information manager for Ayushman Bharat. But he too refused hospitalisation under the scheme.
When India Today checked Ayushman Bharat’s portal again; the Rana Hospital in Bulandshahr is finding to be under obligation to treat typhoid under the general medicine category. A similar refusal met India Today’s SIT at Ghaziabad’s Shivam Hospital and Heart Centre; another facility on the Ayushman Bharat panel, when the investigative reporters inquired about admission of a bronchitis patient. Its doctor, Mukesh Sharma, suggested another hospital for treatment.