PTI photo by Subhav Shukla
PTI photo by Subhav Shukla

New Delhi: UnionFinance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said that government’s scheme AyushmanBharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (PMJAY) has been a game changer inIndia’s healthcare sector. “Many people from the weaker sections avoidedhospital treatment in order to avoid the burden of an unbearable payment.Today, 40 per cent of India’s poorest are assured of a treatment in a hospitalat the cost of public expenditure,” Jaitley wrote in his blog.

TheAyushman Bharat Scheme, which was launched on September 23, 2018, has completed100 days. The scheme eyes providing benefit to 50 crore people by providing acover of up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year, for secondary and tertiary carehospitalisation through a network of Empanelled Health Care Providers (EHCP). “Thiswill lead to more hospitals, especially in Tier II and III cities, and thosewith better equipment. Health sector jobs are set to increase. PMJAY will helpcreate an accountable health system because beneficiary feedback is an integralpart of its implementation,” Jaitley said.

Inthe first 100 days, more than six lakh patients have been provided hospitaltreatment so far while around five lakh claims have availed of the scheme, forwhich payment has been released. This averages 5,000 claims per day for thefirst 100 days. “No patient had to pay a single rupee. Thus, onceawareness of the scheme increases, it is anticipated that in the next fewyears, almost one crore-plus families will benefit each year,” the FinanceMinister stated.

Thetotal number of hospitals covered by this scheme are both government hospitalsand private hospitals. About 30 states and Union Territories have signed an MoUand started working on implementing the mission. “More than 50 per cent ofthe implementing hospitals are in the private sector. Thus, a patient canenroll himself in empanelled hospital and get himself hospitalised up tocharges of Rs 5 lakh in a totally cashless and paperless manner,” Jaitleynoted.

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