New Delhi | The Centre has de-empanelled over 400 hospitals from Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) for allegedly indulging in irregularities, the Lok Sabha was told. As per the state-wise break up, Uttar Pradesh tops the list with 156, followed by Haryana with 74 and Kerala with 43 hospitals.
The other states that figure in the list are Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Odisha, Punjab, West Bengal and Maharashtra. Replying to a question yesterday, Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya said that taking note of reports of malpractices and irregularities regarding hysterectomy operations performed by some private hospitals in Chhattisgarh and Bihar on RSBY, a high-level team from the Ministry investigated the matter in August 2012.
As a preventive measure for RSBY cases, the Ministry of Labour and Employment investigated issued an advisory to all the states and union territories that prior approval (authorisation letter) of the insurance company has to be taken for all hysterectomy operations under RSBY to be performed by hospitals on women less than 40 yers of age, he added.
Based on the investigation of the complaints received regarding malpractices or irregularities, 407 hospitals have been de-empanelled from RSBY. RSBY has been launched by Ministry of Labour and Employment, government of India, to provide health insurance coverage for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. The objective of RSBY is to provide protection to BPL households from financial liabilities arising out of health shocks that involve hospitalization.
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