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Arogyasree update

Posted Aug 23 2008 10:48pm
I just learned that the Arogyasree program of the Andhra Pradesh government has been extended to cover anyone who requires dialysis. Earlier, the program covered only those who could not afford dialysis treatments. This was done by covering only people who had white ration cards.



I have mixed feelings about this.



I would have prefered coverage being extended to more dialysis for the poorer lot. The current coverage is enough only for two 4-hour sessions every week. This could have been increased to cover three 4-hour sessions. The rich can afford dialysis. They don't need any coverage.



But I'm not going to complain at this point because I feel this is a good start and am actually surprised that this kind of a program is there in the first place.



The government needs to do this for a while and it will then realize the best kind of coverage to offer. So, let's not crib about flaws in this system. The intent is good. They will surely make progress.
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