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13 Lakh Have Benefited from Ayushman in MP: CEO Vijayakumar

More than 13 lakh people have benefited from Ayushman Bharat scheme in the state so far, said J Vijayakumar, CEO of Ayushman Bharat, MP. Since the scheme’s inception on September 29, the ambitious health insurance scheme can cover nearly 80 percent of the state population. The state government has set up Ayushman Bharat – Madhya Pradesh (Niramayam). It has defined a benefit cover of Rs 5 lakh per family. The scheme covers more than one crore 37 lakh poor and vulnerable families across MP, identified as deprived rural families and occupational categories of urban workers’ families as per the latest Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data. As on January 16, 209 hospitals of MP were empanelled to provide healthcare to beneficiaries.

Addressing a convocation at AIIMS Bhopal on Sunday, NITI Ayog member Prof VK Paul said that Ayushman Bharat is a turning point in history of healthcare in India. Ayushman Bharat, the national health insurance scheme, aims to create 1.5 lakh health and wellness centers in India. He said, “Only 15 percent of healthcare were covered until Ayushman Bharat came into being. Using technology, it’s time to move to next level with health and wellness centers. It is not just words. 5000 health and wellness centers have been operationalized in the last seven months.” He said that there is enough scope to boost health outcomes. PMJAY covers this need for diseases and NCD ailments. This is aimed at bottom 40 percent of the population. 8.84 lakh beneficiaries have been treated under Ayushman Bharat. About Rs 10 crore are being apportioned for Ayushman Bharat, he added. “All ailments are covered. We expect 2500 more hospitals to empanel under Ayushman Bharat”, he said. – TOI