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Utilisation pattern of aarogyasri health insurance scheme by cancer patients in khammam district, andhra pradesh

Authors:Shankar Reddy Dudala , Gopi Krishna B , A. R. Rao , Bolla Chandrasekhar Reddy , Swati M. Patki , Manoj B. Patki
Int J Biol Med Res. 2013; 4(2): 3041- 3045  |  PDF File


In India 2-2.5 million cases of cancer patients are seen at any given point of time. Every year 7-9 lakh new cases are being detected and nearly half of these cases die each year. Average cost of treatment for any cancer in India ranges from Rupees 3-5 Lakhs per patient. Rajiv Aarogyasri Community Health Insurance scheme provides free Tertiary Care, making cancer care accessible to the Below Poverty Line families. Objectives of this work were to assess the utilisation of Rajiv Aarogyasri Community Health Insurance Scheme for accessing Cancer Care Services. The data was collected from the registry of Rajiv Aarogyasri beneficiaries in Khammam District, Andhra Pradesh for the year 2008-09. The findings were tabulated based on the objectives of study. The number of beneficiaries registered in the year 2008-09 was 8996 out of which 2114 beneficiaries were suffering from cancer. The overall utilisation of Rajiv Aarogyasri Community Health Insurance Scheme among male and female beneficiaries was equal. It was observed that among the 2114 beneficiaries seeking care for cancer 1614 (76.3 percent) were females. Among the beneficiaries: 7.1 percent belonged to Tribal community, 54.4 percent were from Khammam Revenue division. Carcinoma Cervix and Carcinoma Breast were the most commonly detected cancers and the most common cancer in the 0-5 year age group was Hodgkins Lymphoma.