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Bhutan evinces interest in AP's Arogyasri health insurance scheme

india Updated: Jan 18, 2010 13:25 IST
Ashok Das
Ashok Das
Hindustan Times
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Bhutan has evinced interest in Andhra Pradesh`Arogysri', a unique Community Health Insurance Scheme being implemented in the state since 2007, which provides free health care upto Rs 2 lakhs per year for all families living below poverty line.

An eight-member official delegation from Bhutan, led by its Health Minister, Mr Lyonpo Zangley Dupka visited Devara Yamjal village on the city outskirts today to see the implementation of the scheme as well as other health services like 104 mobile heath service.Later the team members met the Chief Minister K Rosaiah.

The Chief Minister pointed out that the scheme was immensely successful covering all the BPL families.The government spent Rs 689 crores last year under the programme,which covers over 300 medical procedures including bypass and cochlear surgeries,which are beyond the reach of the poor. The scheme`s success, he said, had prompted nine states in the country to try to replicate it.