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.
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.