Union Health Minister JP Nadda on October 21, 2018, announced that nearly a month after the rollout of the health insurance scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY)’ (Ayushman Bharat), one lakh people have availed of the ambitious programme.
The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, considered as the world’s largest health insurance programme, was launched pan-India by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Jharkhand on September 23, 2018. Earlier, on October 5, Indu Bhushan, CEO of the National Health Agency, announced that around 38000 people have availed of the scheme within two weeks of the launch of the PMJAY. Over 9000 hospitals have been impanelled for the scheme, and 32 states and Union territories have signed MoUs with the Centre to implement the programme.
Ayushman Bharat, the government-sponsored health insurance scheme, will provide free coverage of up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year in any government or even empanelled private hospitals all over India. The Ayushman Bharat programme will be funded with 60 per cent contribution from the Centre and the remaining from the states.
Launched with an aim to help the poor and the economically deprived, the scheme will be available for 10.74 crore beneficiary families and about 50 crore Indian citizens. This scheme will strengthen the healthcare services in India. Around 13000 hospitals in the country have been coordinated for the implementation of the scheme.
The scheme will work in partnership with NITI Aayog to operationalise a robust, modular and interoperable IT platform which will involve a paperless and cashless transaction. The National Health Agency (NHA), the apex body implementing the scheme, has launched a website (mera.pmjay.gov.in).