Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out the Centre’s flagship Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) from Jharkhand’s Ranchi on Sunday, 23 September.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out the Centre’s flagship Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) from Jharkhand’s Ranchi on Sunday, 23 September.(Photo: The Quint/Shruti Mathur)
  • 1. Who are the Beneficiaries?
  • 2. Entitlement Decided Through SECC Data
  • 3. Subsidised Rates Promised
  • 4. ‘Ayushman Mitra’ to Assist Patients
  • 5. What are the Caveats?
  • 6. 5 States Opt Out of Ayushman Bharat Scheme
Ayushman Bharat: All You Need to Know About the New Health Scheme

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, 23 September, rolled out the Centre’s flagship Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) from Ranchi, in Jharkhand. The scheme will become operational from 25 September on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhya, and will reportedly be funded on a 60:40 ratio by the centre and state government.

Stated to be the largest healthcare scheme in the world, Ayushman Bharat aims to provide a coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10.74 crore poor families.

In addition to the insurance plan, the government aims to open 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres by 2022, which would be equipped to treat diseases including blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. Ten such health and wellness centres in the state were inaugurated in Jharkhand on Sunday.

“The goal is to prepare a half lakh such centres all over the country in the next four years,” PM Modi said in his speech.

  • 1. Who are the Beneficiaries?

    The scheme will target poor, deprived rural families and identified occupational category of urban workers' families, ie 8.03 crore in rural and 2.33 crore in urban areas, as per the latest Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data.

    Around 50 crore people will be covered in all.

    Secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation will be provided through a network of Empanelled Health Care Providers.

    Additionally, there is a provision for cashless and paperless access to services for the beneficiaries at the point of service. This will help reduce expenditure for hospitalisation, which impoverishes people, and will help mitigate the financial risk arising out of catastrophic health episodes.

    Nearly 5.5 crore people were pushed below the poverty line because of healthcare expenses, BloombergQuint stated citing a Public Health Foundation of India report from May. Of this number, 3.8 crore became poor only because they had to bear medicine costs, the report states. The scheme primarily targets these families.

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