The state government of Telangana has decided to provide better financial aid to the patients undergoing organ transplantation in the state and accordingly has come up with a complete healthcare package for the patients under the existing Arogyasri free health insurance scheme of the government.
As part of the new package offered by the state government under the Arogyasri free health scheme, the patients who are undergoing organ transplant surgeries like heart, liver, lungs, kidneys and even stem cells will be given a complete financial package not only for the cost of transplantation surgery, but it will also include financial aid for lifelong support by providing free immunosuppressant drugs all through the patient’s life.
As per the information provided by the Arogyasri authorities, as part of the package, the government will give Rs. 10.50 lakhs for cadaver liver transplantation surgery, another Rs. 2.64 lakhs for first year immunotherapy and from second year onwards Rs. 38,000 will be provided to the patient every year.
Similarly, for the liver transplantation surgery the government has offered a package of Rs. 10.88 lakhs and another Rs. 2.62 lakhs for supporting the costs of immunotherapy and from second year onwards Rs. 38,000 will be given during the patient’s entire life time.
The package for cadaver heart transplantation included Rs. 11.40 lakhs and another Rs. 2.20 lakhs for completions and for induction therapy the government is providing Rs. 1.50 lakhs for the post transplant per every 3 months.
For patients suffering with kidney and renal problems, in case of organ transplantation the government has come out with an offer package of Rs. 1.61 lakhs for renal transplantation and another Rs. 91,670 for immunosuppressant therapy for 6 months after the surgery.
However, except the Nizam institute of Medical Sciences and a few major government hospitals, the private hospitals are not accepting this package and they have gone out of it under Arogyasri as they feel the packages are very low, with this it has become tough for the patients to avail highest quality organ transplantation treatment in private and corporate hospitals and waiting for their turn to be operated in NIMS.
At present there are more than 500 patients who are in the waiting list for various kinds of organ transplant surgeries in NIMS, with the new financial package offered by the government to support the healthcare and treatment costs for the patients until their entire life, it has come as a big relief to the poor patients, who otherwise were left to die as they did not have money to bear the treatment and post operation costs.