The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu, on 1 January 2017 launched NTR Arogya Raksha Scheme in Vijayawada.
The scheme aims at providing the medical treatment to the people belonging to Above Poverty Line (APL) at Rs. 1200 premium per annum. It will offer medical insurance to those people who are not covered under any of the existing health schemes of the state government.
The NTR Arogya Seva has already been launched for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. That scheme provides medical treatment for 1044 health and medical ailments and offers free of cost services at corporate and government hospitals.
Also, a similar service has been provided to employees and journalists in the form of health cards.
On the other hand, the state Chief Minister stated that the health care spending in the state had come down substantially to about 17% after the government launched around 30 initiatives in 2016. He also requested the students of medicine, nursing, psychology and home science to contribute their best to improve the public health through the Swasthya Vidya Vahini.
Key highlights of NTR Arogya Raksha Scheme
Where: Andhra Pradesh
When: 1 January 2017