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Current Affairs 22-10-2018

Nearly one lakh patients benefited for serious illnesses in hospitals across the country under PM JAY: Govt

The government has said that nearly one lakh patients have received medical benefits for serious illnesses in hospitals across the country under Ayushman Bharat PradhanMantri Jan ArogyaYojana in less than a month.

Health Minister J P Nadda said that a 46-year-old from Madhya Pradesh admitted in Rewa, has become the 1,00,000th beneficiary under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY.

Mr. Nadda further stated that PMJAY has lifted the burden of hospitalization expenses off the poor man’s head by providing the range of free medical treatments from laparoscopy to brain tumour removal costing 30,000 rupees to 5 Lakh rupees.

He added that Prime Minister Modi had emphasized that to ensure optimal access to health care and health outcomes, the foundation of a large indigenous healthcare infrastructure is being built.

Go back:

  • The Prime Minister, ShriNarendraModi, launched the PradhanMantri Jan ArogyaYojana (PMJAY) at Ranchi, Jharkhand, on September 23, 2018.
  • Under this scheme, over 10 crore families will be provided health assurance worth Rs. 5 lakh each, every year.

About the scheme:

  • Ayushman Bharat is an attempt to ensure that universal healthcare reached the weaker sections of society and it could raise the ratio of people availing primary and secondary healthcare.
  • The scheme will provide a defined benefit coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization to 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries).
  • The beneficiary families covered under the scheme will be allowed to take cashless benefits from any public/private empanelled hospitals across the country.
  • The beneficiaries will be decided on the basis of the Socio-Economic and Caste Census 2011 (SECC) database.
  • It will be rolled out across all States/UTs in all districts with an objective to cover all the targeted beneficiaries. To control costs, the payments for treatment will be done on a package rate basis.
  • The scheme proposes setting up of Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission Council (AB-NHPMC) at the national level to give policy directions and fostering coordination between centre and states. The council will be chaired by Union Health and Family Welfare Minister.
  • The states would be required to set up a dedicated entity called the State Health Agency (SHA) to implement the scheme.
  • In partnership with NITI Aayog, a robust, modular, scalable and interoperable IT platform will be made operational which will entail a paperless, cashless transaction.
  • The expenditure incurred in premium payment will be shared between Central and State Governments in a specified ratio as per Ministry of Finance guidelines.
  • The scheme is expected to increase access to quality health and medication. It is also expected to lead to timely treatments, improvements in health outcomes, patient satisfaction, improvement in productivity and efficiency, job creation thus leading to an improvement in the quality of life.
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