The capital might not have signed up for Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojna (PMJAY), but some of its leading public and private hospitals are independently enrolling themselves for the insurance scheme, which is touted as the world’s largest government-funded healthcare program. Top officials in the health ministry, who are responsible for implementing the scheme, said seven private hospitals have been empaneled in Delhi, including Dr Shroff Charitable Eye Hospital, Center for Sight, Cygnus hospitals in Rohini and Nangloi, Kalra Hospital, Life Line hospital and Tarak Hospital. “Sir Ganga Ram, Aakash healthcare, Maharaja Agrasen and Max Super Specialty hospitals have also responded positively to joining the scheme,” said an official. Public hospitals like AIIMS, Safdarjung and Ram Manohar Lohia are already empaneled under the scheme and, sources said, several beneficiaries have undergone successful surgeries as well. The state government is, however, not keen on joining in as yet.
“The decision to join PMJAY or not will be taken by the ministry,” said an official. Sources said there have been several rounds of consultation between the Center and the state representatives on signing the MoU for PMJAY implementation in Delhi. However, some contentious issues, for example naming the scheme Mukhya Mantri Aam Aadmi Swasthya Bima Yojana have held up any positive outcome. Also, state health officials said they are working on a better scheme for the people in the state. Apart from Delhi, Kerala, Telangana and Odisha have not rolled out the scheme as yet. In the remaining states and union territories, officials said, approximately 10,000 people are benefiting from the scheme daily. PMJAY offers free treatment of up to Rs 5 lakh to anyone whose name appears in the socio-economic caste census. The needy can visit any of the empaneled hospitals — public or private — in any part of the country to seek free treatment. The government said the scheme is a step towards achieving universal health coverage and reducing the burden of out-of-pocket expenditure. – TOI