- The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has demanded renegotiation of the procedure rates under Ayushman Bharat scheme.
- The union government has fixed the package rates of the procedure under Ayushman Bharat scheme, which the IMA says are very low.
- The IMA says it is impractical to provide quality healthcare services under current rates.
A few days ago, the Health Ministry, in a press release, claimed that the Indian Medical Association (IMA), the body of allopathy doctors in India, had backed the Ayushman Bharat Scheme. But, now the IMA has demanded renegotiation of the package rates under the Ayushman Bharat scheme.
While speaking to the press, Dr Ravi Wankhedkar, President of the IMA, said, “It is impractical to provide quality services at such low rates. Curiously, the government fixed these costs arbitrarily without considering the scientific costs. The IMA has genuine apprehensions that this well-intentioned initiative of the government will end-up eliminating small and medium hospitals.”
The representatives of the IMA had a meeting with Ayushman Bharat Chief Executive Officer, Indu Bhushan in Delhi on June 22.
While Dr RN Tondon, the honorary general secretary of the IMA, said, “The government talks about the volumes. Only the insurance companies and corporate hospitals will benefit from volumes. Small and medium hospitals cannot absorb the volumes. It will be unfair to ask the hospitals to provide services below their survival costs. IMA remains hopeful that the Prime Minister would address the situation himself.”
The IMA says that two of the three demands of IMA – empanelment criteria and payment modalities, have been partially addressed. Empanelment, package rates, and claim settlement as well the Grievance Redressal are the areas of concern.
The Government has agreed to allow empanelment of all registered hospitals above ten beds.