The importance of healthcare, over the last couple of months, has indeed skyrocketed, and for good reasons after all. The world faced the outbreak of a virus that nobody saw coming. While those who did a good job on the healthcare frontier escaped unscathed, others were not all that lucky.

Now, governments all over the world are taking preventive measures – after all, prevention indeed is better than cure; which in the case of coronavirus is still not out.

There are even state governments in India that are beginning to prioritise healthcare and one such state happens to be Andhra Pradesh.

Andhra Pradesh Dr YSR Aarogyasri Health Card Scheme

The main aim of the scheme is to provide universal healthcare to people from the middle and lower class are reasonable prices so that prioritising healthcare does not burn the proverbial hole in their pockets. Under the clutches of the Coronavirus, the state government is extending its benefits to cover even Covid-19 treatment under this health-oriented scheme.

Implementation of the scheme

As of now, the YSR Aarogyasri scheme is being implemented in seven districts around Andhra Pradesh and now will come into effect in about six districts. The scheme would also cover over 2000 treatments as 234 treatments were added to the pre-existing list of treatments. In addition to the above, the hospitalisation cost, if exceeds ₹1000, will be covered under the medical claim scheme.

Salient features of the scheme

The important highlights of the scheme are mentioned herewith:

  1. The YSR Aarogyasri scheme is providing universal health coverage to all middle and lower-class families. The official website for it would be https://www.ysraarogyasri.ap.gov.in/
  2. Under the YSR Aarogyasri scheme, all benefits provided to the people would be free of cost. The universal health card under the AP YSR Aarogyasri scheme would be applicable for any medical expense that exceeds ₹1,000.
  3. The YSR scheme is providing health care coverage of up to ₹2.50 lakhs for each family per year.
  4. CM of Andhra Pradesh will personally monitor and take reports on a regular basis on the implementation of the Universal Health care coverage scheme in Andhra Pradesh
  5. Any individual whose income is less than ₹5 lakhs can avail the benefits of the scheme and the government has included over 2000 diseases under the scheme, which would come into effect from the 1st of April.

Beneficiaries under the scheme

  1. All BPL families which are identified by the BPL ration card issued by the Civil Supplies distribution department are considered eligible.
  2. All people whose photos and name appear on the Health card / BPL ration card and who are suffering from a disease are considered eligible.
  3. Moreover, people whose annual income is less than ₹5 lakh from any caste is considered eligible.

Summing it up

In a world where healthcare is growing to be of utmost importance, this move from the Andhra government is the right move to make. This scheme holds the potential to be a nationwide phenomenon in the long run.


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