In what could be a big boost to the government’s flagship health insurance scheme, the Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) crossed the 1 lakh beneficiary mark in about 30 days. According to Union Health Minister JP Nadda, a 46-year old patient from Madhya Pradesh undergoing treatment for posterior cervical fusion has become the 1,00,000th beneficiary under the scheme.
The scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 23rd in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand. So far, it is estimated that two lakh beneficiary cards have been distributed under this scheme. Indu Bhushan, the CEO of PMJAY, tweeted that 1 lakh people have benefited under this scheme in a short span of 1 month. He also noted that the implementation of the scheme will stabilise in another three months.
Dr. Bhushan also noted that there are some teething troubles with PMJAY as it is relatively new. However, the IT system of the scheme, which is its backbone, is functioning satisfactorily. The system makes it easy to track patients and maintain their health records. The chances of fraud are extremely limited as the software identifies duplication and other kinds of anomalies.
He also stated that the government is currently identifying potential beneficiaries who visit hospitals. Beneficiaries can also check their eligibility for the scheme by contacting the scheme’s call center through the number 14555.
As of now, nearly 7,000 government and private hospitals have been empanelled under this scheme. Another 8,000 hospitals are currently in the process of being empanelled. After the empanelment, these hospitals will start providing medical benefits to patients.
PMJAY is touted to be the world’s largest health insurance scheme. The scheme aims to provide cashless treatment to all beneficiaries enrolled in it. The scheme provides coverage for Rs.5 lakh per family, and it aims to cover 50 crore individuals belonging to 10 crore families in the poorest section of the society.
Source: Financial Express