Ranchi: India takes a giant leap towards providing accessible and affordable healthcare to the common man with the launch of Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday here.
Read in Hindi: पीएम ने शुरू की प्रधानमंत्री जन आरोग्य योजना
Under the vision of AB-PMJAY shall be implemented so that each and every citizen receives his due share of health care. With Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana, the government is taking healthcare protection to a new aspirational level. This is the “world’s largest government-funded healthcare program” targeting more than 50 crore beneficiaries.
Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan ArogyaYojana will provide a cover of up to Rs.5 lakhs per family per year, for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.
Over 10.74 crore vulnerable entitled families, approximately 50 crore beneficiaries, will be eligible for these benefits.
PMJAY will provide cashless and paperless access to services for the beneficiary at the point of service.
Explaining how comprehensive the PMJAY is, the Prime Minister said it would cover 1300 illnesses, including serious illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. He said private hospitals too would be part of this scheme.
PMJAY will help reduce catastrophic expenditure for hospitalizations, which impoverishes people and will help mitigate the financial risk arising out of catastrophic health episodes.
Entitled families will be able to use the quality health services they need without facing financial hardships.
When fully implemented, PMJAY will become the world’s largest fully government-financed health protection scheme.
The pilot launch of the scheme has already started. The focus of the pilot launch of the mission is to test and enhance the developed IT systems and streamline the state preparedness for a comprehensive launch. The pilot launch involves over 1280 hospitals.
At the same event, the Prime Minister unveiled plaques to lay the Foundation Stone for medical colleges at Chaibasa and Koderma. He also inaugurated 10 Health and Wellness Centres.