The scheme has provided more than two crore treatments worth Rupees 26,400 crores through over 24,000 empanelled government and private hospitals.
To mark the third anniversary of the prime minister’s flagship scheme, Ayushmaan Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna, (AB PM-JAY), Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya celebrated Thursday as Aarogya Manthan 3.0 by inaugurating a virtual session.
Speaking on the occasion, Mandaviya said that “it has been three years of service and prosperity”. He added that AB PM-JAY is the largest health insurance scheme in the world, enabling 50 crore beneficiaries to get free healthcare and ensuring better treatment for the poor who earlier could not access such expensive treatment and medicines. Presently, the scheme is functional in 33 states and union territories.
AB PM- JAY was launched on September 23, 2018 by Prime Minister Modi as a step towards universal health coverage. The scheme aims to provide free and cashless healthcare services up to Rupees 5 lacs per family per year, for secondary and tertiary care hospitalizations which include over 10.74 crore poor and vulnerable families as per data from the 2011 Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC). Out of this, 47.5% are women, thus revolutionising women’s healthcare.
The scheme includes 918 health benefits packages (HBP) covering 1669 procedures along with COVID-19 treatment and diagnostic tests. The top tertiary care includes orthopaedics, cardiology, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, radiation oncology and urology.
The Health Minister also tweeted that PM Modi will be announcing the Pradhan Mantri Digital Health Mission (PH-DHM) on Monday, September 27 under which a unique digital health ID will be provided to the people, containing all personal health records, telemedicine and e-pharmacy, furthering the idea of universal healthcare for all.