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100 days of Ayushman Bharat: 'Game changer' scheme helped 12 lakh patients since launch, says Jaitley

"Once awareness of the scheme increases, it is anticipated that in the next few years, almost 1 crore plus families will benefit each year," Jaitley said in a Facebook post titled '100 days of Ayushman Bharat'.

India TV News Desk Written by: India TV News Desk
New Delhi Updated on: January 01, 2019 16:54 IST
100 days of Ayushman Bharat: 'Game changer' scheme helped

100 days of Ayushman Bharat: 'Game changer' scheme helped 12 lakh patients since launch, says Jaitley

The Centre's health care scheme Ayushman Bharat has helped round 12 lakh people in the first 100 days of its launch, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday. Counting the success of Modi Government's flagship scheme, the finance minister that as many as 6.85 lakh poor patients have been provided free hospital treatment, while claims of at least 5.1 lakh patients have been settle din the said duration. 

"Once awareness of the scheme increases, it is anticipated that in the next few years, almost 1 crore plus families will benefit each year," Jaitley said in a Facebook post titled '100 days of Ayushman Bharat'.

The total number of hospitals covered by this scheme are both Government hospitals and private hospitals presently numbering 16,000 and increasing steadily. More than 50 per cent of the implementing hospitals are in the private sector.

Jaitley said in the first 100 days, 6.85 lakh patients have been provided hospital treatment and 5.1 lakh claims have availed of the scheme, for which payment has been released.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September launched the Ayushman Bharat– Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana which aims to provide a coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10.74 crore poor families or over 50 crore people for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation through a network of empanelled health care providers.

Jaitley said this scheme is a "game changer" in healthcare and will cover 40 per cent of country's population which cannot afford to pay their medical bills.

"Many people from the weaker sections avoided hospital treatment in order to avoid the burden of an unbearable payment. Today 40 per cent of India’s poorest are assured of a treatment in a hospital at the cost of public expenditure," he said.

He said although government employees, armed forces personnel and some corporate employees have healthcare support facilities, but 62.58 per cent of the Indian population has to pay their healthcare bills themselves and most find it unaffordable.

He said the launch and implementation of the scheme, which is cashless and paperless, has been relatively problem free.

Full text of FM Arun Jaitley's Facebook post '100 days of Ayushman Bharat'

HAPPY NEW YEAR 

The Aayushman Bharat Scheme, which was launched on  23rd September, 2018 has completed 100 days. These 100 days have witnessed the most significant steps in improving healthcare for the poor ever since independence.

The state of Healthcare in India 

India’s healthcare system was always lacking. Besides inadequacy of healthcare institutions proportionate to India’s population, there were many other challenges. Besides important State supported institutions, the private institutions have now been established mainly around large metropolitan towns or Tier-I or Tier-II cities. Many public and private hospitals are of global quality. Their charges, if we compare to the cost elsewhere in the world, are extremely competitive, but for a large part of India’s population, these are considered beyond reach. The Government employees and those in other public institutions are generally supported by governmental healthcare programmes. Those in the armed forces are supported by the healthcare provided in those institutions. Some private sector corporates have a healthcare provision as part of their service conditions. Still, 62.58% of the Indian population has to pay their healthcare bills themselves. Most find it unaffordable. Low healthcare insurance penetration, low financial protection and high out of pocket expenses pose major challenges.

The Ayushman coverage

Born out of this necessity is the Government’s scheme of Aayushman Bharat/Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (PMJAY). The Yojana was launched on 23rd September, 2018. It has completed 100 days today. This Yojana covers 10.74 crore poor families, i.e., over 50 crore people. 40% of India’s population is covered by this scheme. These weaker sections can avail of a medical scheme which covers hospitalisation charges spread over 1350 hospitalisation packages for a sum of Rs. 5 lakh per year for the whole family. Thus, if any member of the family requires to be hospitalised, his charges upto Rs. 5 lakh will be picked up by the financial management under Aayushman Bharat. The scheme is paperless and cashless.
Launch of the scheme and its implementation has been relatively problem free.

Post Ayushman Bharat situation 

In the first 100 days, 6.85 lakh patients have been provided hospital treatment. 5.1 lakh claims have availed of the scheme, for which payment has been released. This averages 5000 claims per day for the first 100 days. No patient have had to pay a single Rupee. Thus, once awareness of the scheme increases, It is anticipated that in the next few years, almost 1 crore plus families will benefit each year. The total number of hospitals covered by this scheme are both Government hospitals and private hospitals presently numbering 16,000 and increasing steadily. More than 50% of the implementing hospitals are in the private sector. Thus, a patient can enroll himself in empanelled hospital and get himself hospitalised upto charges of Rs. 5 lakh in a totally cashless and paperless manner.

This scheme is a game changer in healthcare. Many people from the weaker sections avoided hospital treatment in order to avoid the burden of an unbearable payment. Today 40% of India’s poorest are assured of a treatment in a hospital at the cost of public expenditure. This scheme also supports the hospitals as an institution by ensuring patients for them. This will lead to more hospitals (especially in Tier II and III cities), and those with better equipment. Health sector jobs are set to increase. 

PMJAY will help create an accountable health system because beneficiary feedback is an integral part of its implementation.
From infrastructure creation, to rural roads, to building houses for the poor, providing them with electricity, toilets, gas connection and now healthcare has only been possible after initiatives taken by the Prime Minister and the Government have resulted in a higher tax base and greater revenue collection.

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