16 hubs in 13 districts: Andhra invites hospital chains to boost health infra

The idea of health hubs came up during the Covid-19 when the government realized that there are serious deficiencies in healthcare as most of the multi-specialty hospitals are located in Hyderabad.

By Sri Lakshmi Muttevi  Published on  15 Dec 2021 8:30 AM GMT
16 hubs in 13 districts: Andhra invites hospital chains to boost health infra

Andhra Pradesh: Andhra Pradesh government has decided to establish 16 Health Hubs in 13 districts and 3 municipal commissionerates.

Department of Health and Family Welfare (DoFW) has invited health care service providers, entrepreneurs, and others to set up super-specialty and multi-specialty hospitals in the state.

According to the officials, so far the state has received two bids in the Kurnool district. The government had floated tenders.

During a recent review with Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, recommendations were given to change RFP (request for proposal) to Rs 40-50 crore in some of the districts. Once the tenders are granted, it takes 2-3 years for the completion of the project.

The idea of establishing health hubs came up during the Covid-19 pandemic situation when the government realized that there are serious deficiencies in the tertiary healthcare sector as most of the multi and specialty hospitals are located in Hyderabad.

These multi-specialty hospitals will have specialties in Oncology, Neuro, Cardiac, Cardica, Trauma care, Pediatric, Nephro Care, Maternal and Child care.

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy asked the officials of Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Limited (APIIC) to identify 20-40 acres of land in the proposed districts for the development of multi-specialty hospitals.

Land at the identified locations will be given for free of cost to the multi-super specialty Hospital Developers, provided that they commit the minimum investment threshold of Rs 100 crore fixed by APIIC.

Further, the selected bidder will be asked to commit to the presence of doctors and equipment. In every health hub, at least one Multi-Super Specialty treatment and a minimum of 50% of the total bed capacity should be allocated for the patients under Dr. YSR Aarogyasri Scheme.

Figures reveal that over 40,000 patients have traveled to other states including Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Chennai to avail specialized treatment in the last three years.

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