Beneficiaries of the center’s flagship medical insurance scheme Ayushman Bharat will receive a letter from Prime Minister Narendra Modi informing them about its benefits. Through the Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme, the government aims to provide a coverage of ₹5 lakh per family annually to more than 10 crore poor households. The letters will also have the photograph of Modi, said a government official. According to the official, the letter from the prime minister will mention that the beneficiary families will not have to suffer for getting treatment and that they can avail treatment or get procedures done up to ₹5 lakh not only in government but also in private facilities. The Modi government is all set to roll out the scheme on August 15.
So far, 25 states and Union Territories have signed agreements with the Health Ministry for implementing the scheme. The center recently announced packages in its ambitious scheme under which treatment for coronary bypass, knee replacements and stents among others would be provided at 15-20 percent cheaper rates than the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS). Under the 205-page draft model tender document which was shared with the states last month, knee and hip replacements were fixed at ₹9000 each, stenting at ₹40,000, coronary artery bypass grafting at ₹1.10 lakh, caesarean delivery at ₹9000, vertebral angioplasty with single stent at ₹50,000 and hysterectomy for cancer at ₹50,000. The National Health Agency (NHA), the apex body for implementation of the scheme, has also launched the formal process to empanel public and private hospitals to achieve universal health coverage. – Business Standard