Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana

Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana recently completed 1.5 crore treatments. The Government of India recently announced that it is to rationalise the health package in Health Benefit Package 3.0.

Key Highlights

Ayushman Bharat, the flagship programme of Government of India recently completely successful two years. So far, the scheme has covered 1.26 crores of hospitalisations. The Government of India has spent Rs 15,772 crores to cover these health care bills. More than 23,311 hospitals are on board under the scheme. The scheme has so far generated Rs 30,000 crores of savings.

COVID-19 treatment under Ayushman Bharat

The COVID-19 testing was made free for the Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries. Already certain respiratory related packages are available with the scheme. They are Acute Febrile illness, pneumonia, pyrexia, etc.

About Ayushman Bharat

The scheme was launched under the National Health Policy, 2017. The scheme aims to achieve the vision of Universal Health Coverage. The scheme was designed to meet Sustainable Development Goals. The scheme has two components namely Health and Wellness Centre and Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.

Health and Wellness Centres

Under the scheme, around 1.5 lakh Health and Wellness Centres are to be created transforming the Primary Health centres and sub centres. They will cover both child health services and maternal services, non-communicable diseases. They will also provide drugs and diagnostic services.

Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana

The second component is the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. It was launched in September 2018 in Ranchi. It is the largest health insurance scheme in the world. It provides health cover of Rs 5 lakhs per family per year. The beneficiaries of the scheme were identified under the Socio-Economic Caste Census 2011. It was earlier known as the National Health Protection Scheme.

The scheme covers three days of pre-hospitalisation and fifteen days of post-hospitalisation expenses such as medicines and diagnostics.

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