(The Gist of Kurukshetra) PM launches Ayushman Bharat - PM Jan Arogya Yojana at Ranchi
PM launches Ayushman Bharat - PM Jan Arogya Yojana at Ranchi
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launched the health assurance scheme:
Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana on 23 September 2018 at
Ranchi, Jharkhand. Speaking on the occasion, he said that this is the world's
biggest health assurance scheme and has been launched with a vision to provide
the poorest of the poor and the underprivileged sections of society with better
healthcare and treatment.
PMJAY is the world's largest government funded healthcare program targeting
more than 50 crore beneficiaries. It will provide a cover of up to Rs. 5 lakhs
per family per year, for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization. Cashless
and paperless access to services for the beneficiary at the point of service
will also be provided. The scheme will help to reduce catastrophic expenditure
for hospitalizations, which impoverishes people and will help mitigate the
financial risk arising out of catastrophic health episodes.
The scheme adopts a continuum of care approach, comprising of two inter
related components: Creation of 1,50,000 Health and Wellness Centres to provide
comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC), covering both maternal and child
health services and non- communicable diseases, including free essential drugs
and diagnostic services. The second component is the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya
Yojana (PM-JAY) which provides health protection cover to poor and vulnerable
families for secondary and tertiary care. It is a visionary step towards
advancing the agenda of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
PINAY would cover 1300 illnesses, including serious illnesses such as cancer
and heart diseases and private hospitals too would be part of this scheme.
People can get the benefit of the scheme in any of the states that are a part of
PMJAY. So far, more than 13,000 hospitals across the country have joined the
scheme. The aim is to have 1.5 lakh such centres in India within four years.