Thursday, June 17, 2021

Private hospitals call off strike in Telangana

Hyderabad: Private hospitals in Hyderabad and elsewhere in the State under the umbrella of Telangana Network Hospitals Association (TNHA), which had blocked healthcare services to patients covered under various government health insurance schemes, have called off their strike on Tuesday.

The members of TNHA met Health Minister Etela Rajender on Tuesday evening and held a detailed discussion over several issues. The Health Minister assured TNHA to resolve all their outstanding issues and urged them to resume normal healthcare services.

On its part, the State government has also released nearly Rs. 200 crore towards clearing pending medical bills to the network hospitals that fall under TNHA. The TNHA members also highlighted the need to have a green channel to ensure timely release of pending medical bills in the near future.

In the meeting with the Health Minister, the members of TNHA pointed out that there was a need to redraft the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) between Aarogyasri Health Care Trust and network hospitals.

“Almost all the clauses in the MoU are one-sided and very tough for our network hospitals to implement. We are grateful that the State government has been positive and receptive about addressing our issues,” TNHA members said.

The health authorities have also agreed to look into the demand of TNHA to revise the present tariffs, which were last revised about eight years ago, of various health insurance schemes.

Patient load up in govt hospitals

The four-day Aarogyasri strike by private hospitals and rising seasonal ailments resulted in an increase in the patient walk-ins at all the tertiary government hospitals, including Osmania General Hospital (OGH), Gandhi Hospital and Fever Hospital on Monday and Tuesday. To manage heavy patient load due to blocking of Aarogyasri services at private hospitals, the Director of Medical Education (DME), Dr. K. Ramesh Reddy, on Tuesday said that additional counters at outpatient wings in teaching hospitals were set up.

The DME said that teaching hospitals in the State have close to 9,000 beds and are equipped to handle Aarogyasri patients. “We have asked hospital superintendents to continue issuing outpatient tokens even after 12 noon so that all the patients can be provided medical services. We have directed hospital staff to help Aarogya Mithras who are stationed at Aarogyasri counters in teaching hospitals,” DME said.

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