Aarogyasri is a state-funded health insurance scheme for below-the-poverty line citizens in Andhra Pradesh, India. The objective of the Aarogyasri Communiy Health Insurance Scheme is social protection, addressing healthcare problems that cause indebtedness and often bring people into devastating financial and physical distress.
Indebtedness due to hospital expenditures is one of the main reasons for people falling into poverty in the state. In order to facilitate effective implementation of the scheme, the government set up Aarogyasri Health Care Trust under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
The Trust – in consultation with specialists in the field of insurance and other medical professionals – devised the tailor made Aarogyasri health insurance scheme. The Trust includes representatives from various government agencies and professional organizations. Aarogyasri beneficiaries have access to facilities they would not otherwise be able to utilize due to the financial barriers to access. SVS is a prime destination for patients who subscribe to this Scheme.