Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 23, 2018, launched the flagship scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana’ (PM JAY), also known as Ayushman Bharat or the National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM).
While launching the healthcare scheme at Ranchi, Jharkhand, PM Modi said that “This is the world’s largest health scheme which will serve a population that equals 27-28 European countries. The beneficiaries are almost equal to the population of Canada, Mexico and the US put together.”
Beneficiaries of the Ayushman Bharat insurance programme in Jharkhand were sent a two-page personalised letter from PM Modi outlining the importance and benefits of the project. The government will send similar letters to 10.74 crore beneficiary families. The letters will have the photograph of PM Modi.
On the same occasion, the Prime Minister also launched a toll-free number 14555 for people to get more information about Ayushma Bharat scheme.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. This scheme will strengthen the healthcare services in India. Around 13000 hospitals in the country have been coordinated for the implementation of the scheme.
4. The Ayushman Bharat programme will be funded with 60 per cent contribution from the Centre and the remaining from the states.
5. The scheme aims to target the poor and vulnerable population of the country, based on the Socio-Economic and Caste Census 2011 (SECC) database. There will be no cap on family size and age in the scheme.