Af­ter sham­ing fraud hos­pi­tals, govt to name the good ones

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: Ex­e­cut­ing the “name and shame” ini­tia­tive for avert­ing fraud in its flag­ship Ayush­man Bharat health in­sur­ance scheme, the gov­ern­ment has made pub­lic the names of 111hos­pi­tals that were found in­volved in fraud­u­lent prac­tices.

“We will not tol­er­ate any­thing that will ham­per in­tegrity of the scheme. Na­tional Health Au­thor­ity is build­ing PMJAY 2.0, the new and up­graded IT ecosys­tem that will be com­pa­ra­ble to the best, any­where in the world,” health min­is­ter Harsh Vardhan said. The gov­ern­ment also plans to ‘name and fame’ hos­pi­tals do­ing ex­em­plary work un­der the scheme to en­cour­age best prac­tices, he added.

He was ad­dress­ing Ar­o­gya Man­than, a two-day na­tional work­shop or­gan­ised by NHA to mark the first an­niver­sary of the am­bi­tious health in­sur­ance scheme. “Ayush­man Bharat is be­ing gov­erned on a zero-tol­er­ance ap­proach to­wards any kind of fraud, and the anti-fraud frame­work rests on three key pil­lars of preven­tion, de­tec­tion and de­ter­rence. We have de-em­pan­elled 111 hos­pi­tals on charges of cor­rup­tion and fraud. We are fol­low­ing the pol­icy of name and shame, the de-em­pan­elled hos­pi­tals’ names have been put on NHA web­site,” he said.

Nearly 1,200 cases of fraud have been con­firmed and ac­tion has been taken against 338 hos­pi­tals un­der the scheme so far.

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