Arogya Manthan – One Year of PMJAY

Why in News?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be presiding over the valedictory function of ‘Arogya Manthan’ in New Delhi.

About the Event
Arogya Manthan is a two-day event being organized by National Health Authority to mark the completion of one year of Ayushman Bharat, PM-JAY (Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana).

PM Modi presiding over the event will also launch a new mobile application of Ayushman Bharat and Ayushman Bharat Start-Up Great Challenge.

The event ‘Arogya Manthan’ is aimed to provide a platform to meet all the stakeholders of PM-JAY and discuss challenges faced in the implementation of the scheme in the past years. It also aims to forge a new understanding and create pathways to improve implementation.

Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY-Ayushman Bharat) scheme in Ranchi on 23rd September 2018. Deemed the world’s largest Government-funded health care programme, it covers over 50 crore beneficiaries. It is expected to have a far-reaching impact on country’s healthcare and insurance landscape.

The scheme has two objectives: Creating a network of health and wellness infrastructure across the nation (for primary health care services).

  • Provide insurance cover to minimum 40% of India’s total population (for secondary and tertiary health care services).
  • It will provide a benefit cover of Rs 5 lakh/year/family. Expenses incurred will be shared between Centre and States in 60:40 ratios. The Government aims to open 5 lakh health and wellness centre by 2022 that will be equipped to treat various diseases.
  • Ayushman Bharat will take care of secondary care and tertiary care procedures and also cover pre and post-hospitalization expenses. Cashless benefits will be allowed from any public or private empanelled hospitals. Such empanelled hospitals will have ‘Ayushman Mitra’ to assist patients. Benefits can be availed from any place in India and no hospital can refuse treatment under this scheme.
  • Guidelines have been given by the Government about families that can’t avail the benefits under the scheme. For example- Families with credit card limit of over Rs 50,000, families where a member has a government job, etc.

The health care services available in India are grossly unsatisfactory in terms of the size of population it covers. Affordability of such limited services in another cause of worry. The Ayushman Bharat scheme is aimed to curtail these issues. Events like Arogya Manthan are a welcome step. The public health care system under the Ayushman Bharat scheme needed to be monitored carefully so that India moves towards achieving universal health coverage in the country.



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