PM Modi reviews preparations for launch of Ayushman Bharat
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, on Mondayreviewed the progress of preparations towards the launch of Ayushman Bharat – the National Health Protection Scheme announced in the recent Union Budget.
At a high-level meeting over two hours, the Prime Minister was apprised of the work done so far, by top officials of PMO, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and NITI Aayog, for smooth roll-out of the scheme.
The scheme will provide a cover of Rs. 5 lakh per family. It will be targeted to cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families. The beneficiaries will be able to avail cashless benefits across India.
The Prime Minister also reviewed preparations for delivering comprehensive primary health care through health and wellness centres.
The Prime Minister urged officials to work towards a well-designed and targeted scheme, which delivers benefits to the poor and weaker sections of society.
What is Ayushman Bharat Scheme;
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday announced a flagship National Health Protection Scheme under which Rs 5 lakh cover will be provided a year to 10 crore poor and vulnerable families in the country.
“We are now launching a flagship national health protection scheme to cover 10 crore poor and vulnerable families. This is approximately 50 crore beneficiaries, by providing them up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation,” Jaitley said presenting the 2018-19 Union Budget.
The initiative was announced under Ayushman Bharat scheme, which will provide medical insurance cover to poor families, and promote holistic health by brining wellness centres to their door step, especially in remote areas.
Jaitley termed the new scheme as the world’s largest government funded healthcare programme, saying it would take healthcare protection to a new aspirational level. Experts in the field of public health, however, said that the Centre would need to specify what healthcare services would be covered under the scheme.