Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Ayushman Bharat – the National Health Protection Scheme stands in league of big reforms including the likes of demonetisation and GST, in line with the vision of a New India. One month after the announcement in the Union Budget 2018-19 was presented Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on 6 March 2018 reviewed the progress of preparations towards the launch of Ayushman Bharat – the National Health Protection Scheme announced in the recent Union Budget.
At a high-level meeting over two hours, the Prime Minister was apprised of the work done so far, by top officials of PMO, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and NITI Aayog, for smooth roll-out of the scheme. The scheme will provide a cover of Rs. 5 lakh per family. It will be targeted to cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families. The beneficiaries will be able to avail cashless benefits across India.
The Prime Minister also reviewed preparations for delivering comprehensive primary health care through health and wellness centres. The Prime Minister urged officials to work towards a well-designed and targeted scheme, which delivers benefits to the poor and weaker sections of society.
Having witnessed the sad end of ambitious Obama-care, hopefully Modi-Care plan or the Ayushman Bharat – the National Health Protection Scheme survives the test of time in coming days and benefit the poor more than the private sector hospitals.