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.
News Update| 21 March 2018
Cabinet approves Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi today has approved the launch of a new Centrally Sponsored Ayushman Bharat -National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) having central sector component under Ayushman Bharat Mission anchored in the MoHFW. The scheme has the benefit cover of Rs. 5 lakh per family per year. The target beneficiaries of the proposed scheme will be more than 10 crore families belonging to poor and vulnerable population based on SECC database. AB-NHPM will subsume the on-going centrally sponsored schemes including-Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) and the Senior Citizen Health Insurance Scheme (SCHIS).