JP Nadda says 1 lakh people benefitted from Centre's Ayushman Bharat scheme in a month

New Delhi: Nearly a month after the roll out of the Centre's Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) health insurance scheme, one lakh people have availed the benefits of the ambitious programme, Union Health Minister JP Nadda said Sunday.

The PMJAY (previously Ayushman Bharat), touted as the world's largest health insurance programme, was launched pan-India by the prime minister from on 23 September.

Union Health Minister JP Nadda. Image courtesy: PIB

Union Health Minister JP Nadda. Image courtesy: PIB

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana on 23 September and within a month, one lakh beneficiaries have benefitted from it. We are committed to ensure the benefits of the scheme reach the last man," Nadda said in a tweet.

The scheme is expected to benefit up to 55 crore people, providing them an annual health cover of Rs 5 lakh for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation through a network of Empanelled Health Care Providers (EHCP).

There is no cap on family size and age in the scheme.

On 5 October, two weeks after the launch of the PMJAY, Indu Bhushan, CEO of National Health Agency, said around 38,000 people have availed the benefits of the scheme.

The health ministry has said the scheme will help in reducing expenditure on hospitalizations and help mitigate the financial risk arising out of catastrophic health episodes.

Over 9,000 hospitals have been empanelled for the scheme, and 32 states and Union territories have signed MoUs with the Centre and will implement the programme.

Telangana, Odisha, Delhi and Kerala are not among the states which have opted for the scheme.

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Updated Date: Oct 21, 2018 22:50:36 IST

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