Ayushman Bharat health scheme reaches 1 crore beneficiaries

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Ayushman Bharat health scheme reaches 1 crore beneficiaries
Ayushman Bharat health scheme reaches 1 crore beneficiaries

Prime Minister Narendra Modi informs, a total of 1 crore have benefited from the Ayushman Bharat scheme. In a series of conversations, PM Narendra Modi expressed his happiness over the large response that government healthcare has received. He also appreciated the doctors, nurses, healthcare workers and all others associated with Ayushman Bharat for their efforts in making it the largest healthcare program in the world.

The National Health Authority (NHA), which is the implementing authority of the scheme, has impaneled about 1,500 additional hospitals under the scheme in the past month to meet the load of Covid-19 patients.

The authority is in the process of also adding private laboratories for Covid-19 testing that have been approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research. The rate packages are being used from the already existing category related to respiratory illnesses, severe acute respiratory infection, influenza-like illness with aggravated symptoms etc. The NHA teams are also reaching out to its elderly (above 60 years of age) and other high-risk category beneficiaries (who recently received treatment) to check if any of them has Covid-19 symptoms and needs testing through its call centers that is handled by about 700 dedicated operators.

In a month and half since COVID-19 outbreak, treatment was made free under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (AB-PMJAY), at least 2,000 people were either treated or have been currently undergoing treatment for the viral disease. This is when the total number of people having been treated under the world’s largest public health insurance scheme reached 10 million since its launch in September 2018. Moreover 3,000 persons have also been tested cashless for Covid-19 under the scheme.

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