Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched the Ayushman Bharat, the world’s largest government-funded healthcare programme from Ranchi. Apart from Prime Minister Modi, Union Health Minister JP Nadda and Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das were also present during the function. PM Modi also laid foundation stone for the Chaibasa and Koderma medical colleges.
The Ayushman Bharat scheme, which would benefit 50 crore Indians, will be rolled out from Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi. The programme, also called Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan, aims to provide coverage of Rs. 5 lakh to 10 crore economically backward families.
The scheme will benefit more than 10.74 crore poor families for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation through a network of Empanelled Health Care Providers.
What is important is that the scheme will provide cashless and paperless access to services for the beneficiary at the point of service.
It will help reduce expenditure for hospitalisations which impoverishes people and will help mitigate the financial risk arising out of catastrophic health episodes. Eligible people can avail the benefits in government and listed private hospitals.
"The prime minister will launch the scheme on September 23 but effectively it will become operational from September 25 on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay," said NITI Aayog member Dr Vinod Paul, who is the chief architect of the scheme.
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2:20 PM: This scheme includes expensive medical procedures that are vital for human wellness. It includes costs incurred before being admitted to the hospital, admission to the hospital, expenses of medicines and procedures and costs spent after being discharged are being covered under the scheme: PM Narendra Modi
2:18 PM: We wanted the country should never return on that path and so we worked on 'sabka sath sabka vikas': PM Narendra Modi
2:17 PM: Politics was being done on the basis of vote banks in the country. Development has never been the agenda of previous governments: PM Narendra Modi
2:15 PM: Most of those who have won gold medals in Asian Games are from poor families and from villages, but they have given prestige to the nation: PM Narendra Modi
2:13 PM: We have laid stress on 'empowerment of poor': PM Narendra Modi
2:11 PM: Those who have always been rich do not understand the challenges faced by the poor and so have never done anything for them: PM Narendra Modi
2:09 PM: I am confident that this step will strengthen the health and wellness sector of the countrY, says PM Narendra Modi
2:07 PM: Though I have launched the scheme to provide medical benefits to Indian families, I still wish and pray that none of the families be exposed to such situations in their lifetime, I pray for the wellness of all
2:05 PM: I would like officially congratulate my entire team, in front of the world, for this achievement: PM Narendra Modi
2:02 PM: I am confident that in the days to come, people working in the medical field will bring out new schemes based on this health cover that has been provided today, says PM Narendra Modi
2:00 PM: A scheme so big, covering families under medical protection is not being run by any of the nations across the world, says PM Narendra Modi
1:57 PM: In 400 districts in the country, similar big functions are being organised, says PM Modi
1:55 PM: "Today we are witnessing the special occasion, which will be analysed in the future as a great service to humanity": PM Modi at the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan
1:50 PM: Today we are fulfilling the dream of each family being covered under medical health schemes: PM Narendra Modi
1:19 PM: PM Modi launches health protection scheme "Pradhan Mantri Jan-Aushadhi Yojana" (PMJAY), and 10 health and wellness centres in Jharkhand, Ranchi
1:17 PM: PM Modi lays foundation for Chaibasa and Koderma medical colleges
1:13 PM: Union Health Minister JP Nadda said, "This scheme will bring a major change in India's healthcare. The entire world is looking at Ayushman Bharat scheme. India is the only country in the world which has taken a big leap in making universal health affective. Crores of people who have not been able to afford healthcare until now will now be brought into the mainstream."
1:10 PM: Ayushman Bharat will be a paradigm shift in the Indian health system, says Union Minister JP Nadda
1:05 PM: Health Minister JP Nadda also present during the function
12:51 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached the venue for the launch of the Ayushman Bharat healthcare scheme
12:26 PM: Ministers are present in cities across the country to launch the scheme. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was at the launch of the Ayushman Bharat programme in Mumbai. Home Minister Rajnath Singh attended a launch function in Lucknow.