The National Health Authority (NHA) is aiming to provide 10 crore Ayushman Bharat cards this fiscal. It is also set to extend free hospitalisation benefits to 50 lakh people in a quarter. The health authority shared the target information during a meeting with Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday to mark the completion of 2 crores treatments under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY).
“AB – PMJAY is an ambitious scheme ensuring quality and affordable healthcare for the poor and underprivileged people. The scheme has empowered all eligible beneficiaries with cashless and paperless healthcare services benefits of up to Rs 5 Lakhs per family per year. Thus, many disadvantaged sections can afford treatment without turning to moneylenders,” Mansukh Mandaviya said.
According to the Minister, treatments worth approximately Rs 25,000 crore have been provided until now through a growing network of 23,000 public and private empanelled hospitals to patients across 33 states and union territories since the launch of the scheme on 23 September 2018. Mandaviya also virtually inaugurated Arogya Dhara 2.0 to increase the reach of the AB- PMJAY programme to the poorest of the poor households in the country and to make the beneficiaries aware about the scheme.