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Jaitley praises Ayushman Bharat, says its a Game Changer


Jaitley praises Ayushman Bharat, says its a Game Changer

Jaitley said this scheme is a “game changer” in healthcare and will cover 40 per cent of the country’s population which cannot afford to pay their medical bills.

NEW DELHI: Terming Government’s flagship scheme Ayushman Bharat a ‘game changer’ in healthcare, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Tuesday said, as many as 6.85 lakh poor patients have been provided free hospital treatment in the first 100 days of the launch of the programme.

He further said, on an average 5,000 claims are being settled every day since its rollout on September 23, 2018.

“Once awareness of the scheme increases, It is anticipated that in the next few years, almost 1 crore plus families will benefit each year,” Jaitley said in a Facebook post titled ‘100 days of Ayushman Bharat’.

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The total number of hospitals covered by this scheme are both Government hospitals and private hospitals presently numbering 16,000 and increasing steadily. More than 50 per cent of the implementing hospitals are in the private sector.

Jaitley said in the first 100 days, 6.85 lakh patients have been provided hospital treatment and 5.1 lakh claims have availed of the scheme, for which payment has been released.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September launched the Ayushman Bharat– Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana which aims to provide coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10.74 crore poor families or over 50 crore people for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation through a network of empanelled health care providers

Jaitley said this scheme is a “game changer” in healthcare and will cover 40 per cent of the country’s population which cannot afford to pay their medical bills.

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“Many people from the weaker sections avoided hospital 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 hospital at the cost of public expenditure,” he said.

He said although government employees, armed forces personnel and some corporate employees have healthcare support facilities, 62.58 per cent of the Indian population has to pay their healthcare bills themselves and most find it unaffordable.

He said the launch and implementation of the scheme, which is cashless and paperless, has been relatively problem free.

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Source: PTI
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    Dr Rameshvardhan January 4, 2019, 5:32 pm

    I WISH THERE WON\’T BE UNNECESSARY ADMISSIONS, IRRELEVANT INVESTIGATIONS, UNWANTED OPERATIVE PROCEDURES AS DONE BY MANY UNSCRUPULOUS HOSPITALS JUST BECAUSE SOME HAS HEALTH INSURANCE. I REMEMBER ONE OF ACQUAINT TELLING ME HE WAS CHARGED 107000 RUPEES FOR THE CLOSED REDUCTION OF SHOULDER DISLOCATION, JUST BECAUSE HE HAD INSURANCE . I THINK THERE IS PERFECT NEXUS BETWEEN THE INSURANCE COMPANIES AND CORPORATE HOSPITALS , WITH OUT WHICH I DON\’T THINK ONE CHARGE SO MUCH MORE MONEY FOR SUCH A SIMPLE PROCEDURE. If same trend followed with PM-JAY……. I AM SURE THIS SCHEME IS GOING TO END BEFORE IT COULD REALLY WORK / USEFUL. LET ME REMIND – UTERUS CASES OF BIHAR, THE INDICATIONS FOR HYSTERECTOMY WAS HAVING AN UTERUS. SIMILARLY TONSILS, APPENDIX, FIXING OF BONES WITH ALL KINDS OF METALS IN CHILDREN……….. THERE SHOULD BE STRICT VIGILANCE/ MONITORING WITH HEAVY PENALTIES FOR THE WRONG DOINGS .