Cardiac treatment is among top three speciailties which has received the most number of claims under the Centre’s ambitious Ayushman Bharat –Pradhan Mantri Jan AarogyaYojana (AB-PMJAY). Other specialities are cancer and orthopedic treatments.
AB-PMJAY, a health insurance programme, also touted as ‘Modicare’ was launched in September 2018.
Among the packages availed under the scheme, cardiac treatment — angioplasty and stents, used to treat blockages that cause heart disease, have been the most performed high-end medical procedure, according to data provided by the National Health Authority (NHA), the apex body implementing the scheme.
More than 10.8 lakh people have availed treatment under AB-PMJAY scheme so far. More than 14,756 hospitals, both private and government, have been empanelled for the scheme and 8,03,821 claims worth Rs 1,041.3 crore have been submitted, of which 6,24,300 claims worth Rs 808.2 crore have been approved as on Monday, according to the data.
The NHA also launched a mobile application to help users get easy access to information regarding the scheme, for checking eligibility, finding hospitals nearby and get assistance. The app was launched by Union Health Minister J P Nadda on Tuesday. The app has already been downloaded over 10,460 times and with an average rating of 4.6 has generated wide interest among the public. The National Health Agency was restructured as National Health Authority (NHA) through a Cabinet decision in January.