NHA revises health benefit packages under AB PM-JAY scheme, Health News, ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: The National Health Authority (NHA) has revised the Health Benefit Package (HBP) master under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) scheme. In the revised version of Health Benefit Package (HBP 2.2), rates of some health packages have been increased by 20 percent to 400 per cent, 400 procedure rates have been revised and one new additional medical management package related to black fungus has been added to the list. The HBP 2.2 will be implemented from November, 2021.

The revised rates will be applicable to various categories including radiation oncology procedures, medical management procedures, surgical package treatment for black fungus and procedures like right/left heart catheterization, Patent Ductus Arteriosus closure, arthrodesis, cholecystectomy, appendicectomy amongst others.

These changes, according to the NHA, will ensure effective implementation of the scheme and will be made in the Transaction Management System to ensure that there are no challenges in portability. Latest version of HBP 2.2 will now be accepted by State Health Agencies currently implementing any of the previous versions of HBP.

Under medical management procedures, rates for Intensive Care Unit with ventilator has been revised by 100 percent, rates for ICU without ventilator by 136 percent, rates

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NHS dentistry access delays: ‘I pulled 11 of my own teeth out’

By Emma Baugh, Ian Barmer and Mike Liggins
BBC Look East

Image source, Martin Giles/BBC

The Covid pandemic has left dental practices with severe backlogs of patients needing appointments, and dentists are saying they are being forced to take on more private work to survive. How bad is the current situation in dental care?

‘I’ve lost count of the number of places I tried’

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Image caption, Danielle Watts, who lives in Bury St Edmunds, has been unable to get registered as an NHS patient in her hometown

Danielle Watts lives in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and has, as she puts it, been doing her own dentistry – removing 11 of her own teeth.

“There’s been no help out there,” she says. “My dentist shut six years ago and me and my children were left with nowhere to go.

“They didn’t refer us anywhere else. It was OK to begin with and I didn’t have that many problems, but over the last two to two and a half years, my gums have receded and my teeth have become loose because of bone loss.

“I’ve tried dialling 111 a couple of times and was told because it wasn’t

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