Govt to drop 500 ex­ist­ing health pack­ages, in­clude 250 new ones

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New Delhi: A year after the roll­out of the am­bi­tious Ayush­man Bharat scheme, the govern­ment has de­cided to un­der­take some key changes, in­clud­ing dis­con­tin­u­a­tion of around 500 ex­ist­ing pack­ages, in­clu­sion of around 250 new ones and re­vi­sion of rates to ra­tio­nalise the pop­u­lar health in­sur­ance scheme, top of­fi­cial sources told TOI.

The dis­con­tin­ued pack­ages in­clude re­nal an­gio­plasty with sin­gle stent (med­i­cated) and ev­er­sion of hy­dro­cele sac — uni­lat­eral. The list of pro­ce­dures, which will now be part of the scheme, in­clude right/left heart catheter­i­sa­tion and DJ stent re­moval.

Price re­vi­sion in­cludes both up­ward and down­ward re­vi­sion. Pack­age rates for coro­nary artery by­pass graft­ing and tym­panoplasty have been in­creased, mean­ing hospi­tals are likely to get a bet­ter price for these pro­ce­dures un­der the scheme. On the other hand, some pack­age rates have also been slashed, in­clud­ing ex­ter­nal fix­a­tion for both bones of fore­arms.

The price in­crease

in some cases is to the tune of 250%, a source said.

There are also a few pro­ce­dures which have been dis­con­tin­ued un­der the scheme to avoid over­lap­ping with other na­tional schemes. How­ever, child de­liv­er­ies, cataract and dial­y­sis — which ac­count for a large num­ber of hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tions and were there­fore un­der the scan­ner ini­tially — con­tinue to be part of the scheme, an­other of­fi­cial said.

The de­ci­sions were taken at a re­cent gov­ern­ing body meet­ing of the Na­tional Health Au­thor­ity.

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