Healthcare services under Telangana’s Arogyasri scheme came to a halt on Friday as about 240 private hospitals in the state stopped providing services over non-payment of dues to the tune of ₹1,500 crore by the state government. Talks between Health Minister Etela Rajender and Telangana Network Hospitals Association was in vain to find a solution.
The minister said that after the talks with representatives of TNHA the dues amount to only ₹600 crore and that the government will immediately release ₹200 crore. He said the decision on the demand to increase the charges for various services would be taken after consultation with Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao. TNHA, however, maintained that the government has to pay dues to the tune of ₹1,500 crore. The hospitals stopped the services under Arogyasri, Employees’ Health Scheme and Journalists’ Health Scheme. TNHA also made it clear that they will not resume the services till a clear assurance over payment of all dues is given.