‘Modi­care’: Boon or Il­lu­sion?

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PM Modi launched what is be­ing touted as the world’s largest govern­ment health­care scheme on Septem­ber 23, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Cen­tre and states to pro­vide health­care to over 500 mil­lion peo­ple. Crit­ics de­scribe it as a smoke­screen that gives the im­pres­sion of uni­ver­sal cov­er­age with­out mak­ing mean­ing­ful space in the bud­get for such a far-reach­ing scheme. Still, no one would deny that In­dian govern­ments have thus far failed to make nec­es­sary in­vest­ments in health. Maybe we should seek so­lace in the fact that the need for uni­ver­sal health­care has been recog­nised even though much about the Prad­han Mantri Jan Ar­o­gya Yo­jana—and the measly al­lo­ca­tion to build pri­mary care cen­tres un­der the Ayush­man Bharat plan—re­mains un­cer­tain

107 MIL­LION

Fam­i­lies in 445 dis­tricts across 26 states iden­ti­fied as re­cip­i­ents of the PMJAY scheme, based on the 2011 So­cio-Eco­nomic Caste Cen­sus. Over 500 mil­lion in­di­vid­u­als ex­pected to ben­e­fit

`1,200 CRORE

to build 150,000 pri­mary health­care cen­tres un­der Ayush­man Bharat, or just Rs 80,000 per cen­tre

`5 LAKH

An­nual cov­er­age to be pro­vided to each ben­e­fi­ciary, in­clud­ing re­im­burse­ments for hos­pi­tal and drug charges 2 days be­fore and dur­ing hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion, and 15 days after

` 2,000 CRORE

Al­lo­cated in 2018-19 bud­get for PMJAY; Rs 10,000 crore ear­marked over the next 2 years

` 14,935

Av­er­age cost of hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion in ru­ral In­dia and Rs 24,436 in ur­ban ar­eas in 2014, says Na­tional Sam­ple Sur­vey Of­fice

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