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May 21, 2020

One crore treatments provided under Ayushman Bharat, PMJAY so far

Ayushman Bharat, Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, the flagship health assurance scheme of the Government of India today marked one crore treatments. To mark the milestone, Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, inaugurated the first edition of Arogya Dhara, a series of webinars created as an open platform for discussion on topical issues of public health in New Delhi today. The webinar was titled “Ayushman Bharat: 1 crore treatments and beyond”.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, providing one crore treatments to patients from the country’s poorest households since its launch less than two years ago is a milestone achievement for Ayushman Bharat PMJAY scheme. He said, these treatments worth  13 thousand 412 crore rupees have been provided through a growing network of 21 thousand 565 public and private empanelled hospitals. The Union Health Minister said, Ayushman Bharat will continue be a trailblazer with an all-encompassing humanitarian approach.

He said, the aim of the scheme is to ensure financial risk protection to more than 10.74 crore poorest, most vulnerable families in the country and is a step forward towards achievement of Universal Health Coverage in India.

The Minister conveyed his best wishes and gratitude to all the States who have ensured the scheme delivers on its promise especially in the unprecedented times of COVID-19. He said, Centre is making persistent efforts to expand testing and make treatment of COVID-19 available for free to all 53 crore beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, further strengthening Government of India’s resolve, scope and capability to move towards universal health coverage.

On this occasion, Dr. Harsh Vardhan launched a ‘Ask Ayushman’ chat bot on WhatsApp, a 24*7 AI-enabled assistant that provides information on various aspects of the AB-PMJAY scheme.

He also launched a “Hospital Ranking Dashboard” which is a significant step to rank empanelled hospitals on the basis of beneficiaries’ feedback. The Minister also released a “Special edition of the AB-PMJAY beneficiary e-card” exhibiting the milestone of 1 crore hospital admissions. Minister of State for Health Ashwani Kumar Chaubey, Member (Health) NITI Aayog Dr V K Paul and  CEO of NHA Dr Indu Bhushan addressed the webinar.

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