In less than 150 days since the launch, more than 12 lakh people have received treatment under Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY). Launched on 23rd September by the Hon’ble Prime Minister from Ranchi, the scheme has provided secondary and tertiary care benefits worth over INR 1600 crores to beneficiaries across the country. PM-JAY aims to provide a health cover of Rs 5 lakh per family annually to more than 10.74 crore poor families or 50 crore people for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization through a network of empaneled healthcare providers. In addition, more than 1.7 crore beneficiary e-cards have been generated facilitating access to quality healthcare under the scheme to 12 lakh poor across the country. Currently 14,856 hospitals have been empaneled under PMJAY. Out of these, around 7244 or 49 percent are private hospitals.
Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda, Hon’ble Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, said, “With its focus on providing best-in-class impatient care to the poorest 40 percent in the country, PMJAY is, two-thirds of the total hospital admission amount of more than Rs. 1600 crores has been utilized towards tertiary care procedures or treatment for serious illnesses.” “Cardiology and cardio-thoracic and vascular procedures such as CAG (Coronary Angiography), PTCA – double and single stent (medicated, inclusive of diagnostic angiogram), Coronary Balloon Angioplasty and Orthopedics procedure such as External fixation – Long bone are the top five packages of PMJAY worth more than Rs. 592 crores and account for 37 percent of the total admission amount,” he added. 1.3 lakh village level entrepreneurs across more than 65,500 Common Service Centers (CSCs), a network of single-window service providers, run by village level entrepreneurs (VLEs), that are a part of the government’s rural outreach program for delivery of digital services, have been engaged for verification of Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries through generation of PMJAY e-cards across 13 states. – The Hans India