In J&K shutdown, PM’s health scheme grinds to halt, healthcare crisis grows

Ayushman Bharat patients cannot access free services. The private and government hospitals we visited were half empty. MRI machines could not get software updates

Current Affairs:-His eyes puffy, his spirits low as he lay on a clinic bed with cylinders coming up short on his body to a dialysis machine that decontaminated his harmed blood and sent it back, shawl seller Niyaz Wani mulled over how much longer he could bear the cost of his treatment.

Till August 26, 2019, Wani’s dialysis was free of expense at the 50-bed Khyber Hospital, one of Srinagar’s driving private therapeutic foundations. He is a “brilliant card” holder under the leader’s key restorative costs repayment program, the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (national wellbeing insurance conspire), which- – until August 2019- – revealed the best use broadly in Jammu and Kashmir.

Begun in September 2018, Ayushman Bharat gives free wellbeing administrations costing up to Rs 5 lakh (Rs 500,000) to more than 100 million Indian families who live beneath the official neediness line. Wani was one of those- – until a week ago, when the medical clinic suspended free treatment since it couldn’t enlist and process asserts on the web, which has been hindered by the legislature for 31 days now.

Wani was not the only one in the 20-bed dialysis focus. Practically the various patients we met were brilliant card holders: rickshaw drivers, workers and other day by day breadwinners attempting to get dialysis now that Ayushman Bharat administrations were down. Despite the fact that they required dialysis, a few patients were going to cease the treatment since they couldn’t manage the cost of it.

On philanthropic grounds, the Khyber Hospital permitted free benefits for brilliant card holders until August 26, 2019, accepting the web would be reestablished. In any case, with current unpaid bills hurrying to Rs 22 lakh and Rs 60 lakh yet to be gotten from the focal government, medical clinic experts said they had now ceased free treatment for Ayushman Bharat recipients.

Patients in the dialysis unit of Srinagar’s Khyber Hospital. Most patients are recipients of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, the leader’s national wellbeing security plan, and got free treatment. Since August 26, 2019, when the emergency clinic ceased free therapeutic consideration due to mounting charges, patients have needed to pay. Some are stopping treatment.

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