Ayush­man Bharat- reach­ing out to poor

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In In­dia, it has been ob­served that if Rs 100 is spent on an in­di­vid­ual for treat­ment, of that the bur­den of more than Rs 60 is borne by the fam­ily or that in­di­vid­ual. The en­tire sav­ings is spent on med­i­cal ex­penses. As most part of their in­come is spent on med­i­cal ex­penses, ev­ery year lakhs of fam­i­lies that are on the verge of com­ing out of poverty are again pushed back into poverty due to some or the other dis­ease. Thus, govern­ment of In­dia has taken the re­spon­si­bil­ity of chang­ing this sce­nario by launch­ing Ayush­man Bharat scheme.

On Septem­ber 23, In­dia took a gi­ant leap to­wards pro­vid­ing ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able health­care to the com­mon man by launch­ing Ayush­man Bharat – Prad­han Mantri Jan Aar­o­gyaYo­jana (AB-PMJAY), the “world’s largest govern­ment funded health­care pro­gramme” tar­get­ing more than 500 mil­lion ben­e­fi­cia­ries. With this scheme, the govern­ment is tak­ing health­care pro­tec­tion to a new as­pi­ra­tional level.

Naren­dra Modi, the Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia said that this launch has been done with a vi­sion to pro­vide the poor­est of the poor, and the un­der­priv­i­leged sec­tions of so­ci­ety, with bet­ter health­care and treat­ment. He said this scheme, which en­vi­sions health as­sur­ance of Rs 5 lakh (about $7000) per fam­ily per year, will ben­e­fit over 500 mil­lion peo­ple, and is the world’s big­gest health as­sur­ance scheme. He said the num­ber of ben­e­fi­cia­ries of this scheme is roughly equal to the pop­u­la­tion of the Euro­pean Union, or the pop­u­la­tion of Amer­ica, Canada and Mex­ico, taken to­gether and 85 times that of Sin­ga­pore.

Ex­plain­ing how com­pre­hen­sive the AB-PMJAY is, the Prime Min­is­ter said it would cover 1300 ill­nesses, in­clud­ing se­ri­ous ill­nesses such as heart dis­eases, kid­ney and liver dis­eases and di­a­betes. The pri­vate hos­pi­tals too would be part of this scheme. The amount of Rs 5 lakh would cover all in­ves­ti­ga­tions, medicine, pre-hos­pi­tal­iza­tion ex­penses etc. He said it would also cover pre-ex­ist­ing ill­nesses. The peo­ple can learn more about the scheme by di­alling 14555, or through their Com­mon Ser­vice Cen­tre. The States that are a part of PMJAY, peo­ple can get the ben­e­fit of the scheme in whichever of these States they go to.

The Prime Min­is­ter said “I be­lieve that in the near fu­ture, the peo­ple as­so­ci­ated with the med­i­cal sec­tor, or those con­cerned with health schemes, those as­so­ci­ated with eco­nomics or mod­ern treat­ment tech­niques, or those think­ing of bring­ing about a

trans­for­ma­tion in the lives of the com­mon man like so­cial sci­en­tists, med­i­cal sci­en­tists, econ­o­mists will have to study and think on the lines of In­dia’s scheme of Ayush­man Bharat. And sooner or later, based on it, they will have to de­vise fu­ture mod­els for the world.”

The Ayush­man Bharat Mis­sion strength­ens the en­vi­ron­ment of ‘One In­dia, One treat­ment’ in true sense. The peo­ple of one state that have joined the Ayush­man Bharat Mis­sion can also avail the ben­e­fits of the scheme in some other state in case of emer­gency. Till date, more than 13,000 hos­pi­tals across the coun­try have joined this mis­sion. In the near fu­ture, more hos­pi­tals will be part of this mis­sion. More­over, the well per­form­ing hos­pi­tals, es­pe­cially the ru­ral hos­pi­tals will get in­cen­tives from the govern­ment. The aim of Ayush­man Bharat Mis­sion is not only to pro­vide fi­nan­cial aid but also to de­velop a sys­tem that will en­sure best treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties just close to your house.

The Prime Min­is­ter also in­au­gu­rated 10 health and well­ness cen­tres on the day. At present the num­ber of such cen­tres across the coun­try has reached 2300. The aim of the govern­ment is to have 1.5 lakh such cen­tres in In­dia within four years. The health and well­ness cen­tres are im­por­tant part of Ayush­man Bharat Mis­sion. These cen­tres will not only have treat­ment and medicines for com­mon dis­eases but will also have fa­cil­i­ties for con­duct­ing sev­eral free tests. This will help in early de­tec­tion of se­ri­ous dis­eases.

The govern­ment is work­ing holis­ti­cally in­stead of work­ing in bits and pieces. Ev­ery de­ci­sion and law is in­ter­linked. The govern­ment is fo­cus­ing on both af­ford­able health­care and pre­ven­tive health­care. Yoga, cam­paigns like “Swachh Bharat Mis­sion”, mak­ing vil­lages “Open Defe­ca­tion Free” etc. are aimed at

The Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia, Naren­dra Modi ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing at the launch of the Prad­han Mantri Jan Ar­o­gya Yo­jana (PMJAY), at Ranchi, in Jharkhand on Septem­ber 23, 2018.

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