Under Ayushman Bharat scheme, the beneficiary will be able to go to public or empanelled private hospitals across the country and get free treatment
On the occasion of India’s 72nd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation for the last time in his current term. In his speech, Modi praises the NDA government for its commitment to the development that has marked a space for India on the world map and also announced few schemes.
What is Ayushman Bharat Scheme?
Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan (Ayushman Bharat)
Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan comes under Ayushman Bharat Scheme
PM Narendra Modi announced the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan, also known as Ayushman Bharat, the National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) or Modicare, will boost affordable healthcare to 50 crore people. The scheme will be launched on 25 September, which is the birth anniversary of RSS ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.
The ambitious Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) aims to provide a coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10 crore poor families.
The scheme aims to target poor, deprived rural families and identified the occupational category of urban workers’ families, 8.03 crore in rural and 2.33 crore in urban areas, as per the latest Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data, and will cover around 50 crore people.
Here are the eligibility details and benefits of PM Modis’ Ayushman Bharat scheme:
1. Ayushman Bharat scheme has a defined benefit cover of Rs. 5 lakh per family per year. The target beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat scheme will be more than 10 crore families belonging to poor and vulnerable population based on SECC database.
2. Under this project, the entitlement will be decided on the basis of deprivation criteria in the SECC database. The different categories in rural area include families having only one room with kucha walls and kucharoof; families having no adult member between age 16 to 59; female-headed households with no adult male member between age 16 to 59; disabled member and no able-bodied adult member in the family; SC/ST households; and landless households deriving major part of their income from manual casual labour, as mentioned on the official website of Ayushman Bharat scheme-www.abnhpm.gov.in
3. Automatically included families in rural areas having any one of the following: households without shelter, destitute, living on alms, manual scavenger families, primitive tribal groups, legally released bonded labour, will also come under this scheme. For urban areas, 11 defined occupational categories will be entitled under the scheme.
4. There is no restriction on family size, age and gender under ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme.
5. The treatment in case of hospitalization will be free of cost for the family. The benefits cover will include pre and post hospitalization.
6. The beneficiary will be able to go to public or empanelled private hospitals across the country and get free treatment.
7. The beneficiary will only need to carry any prescribed ID to receive treatment at the hospital.
According to Dr Dharminder Nagar, MD, Paras Healthcare, “Government is acting strongly and actively in making ‘Ayushman Bharat’ a reality. PM’s announcement of rolling the policy under ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya’ through a technologically driven transparent platform speaks of government’s vision. We hope that Ayushman Bharat paves way for a concerted effort on improving country’s healthcare facilities.”