PM Modi launched Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the flagship scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana’ (PMJAY), also known as Ayushman Bharat or the National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM). This is the world’s largest health scheme which will serve a population that equals 27-28 European countries. The beneficiaries are almost equal to the population of Canada, Mexico and US put together.

On the same occasion, the Prime Minister also launched a toll free number 14555 for people to get more information about Ayushma Bharat scheme. The scheme will become operational from September 25, 2018, the birth anniversary of Deendayal Upadhyay.

• Ayushman Bharat, the government-sponsored health insurance scheme, will provide free coverage of up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year in any government or even empanelled private hospitals all over India. 

 Launched with an aim to help the poor and the economically deprived, the scheme will be available for 10.74 crore beneficiary families and about 50 crore Indian citizens.

• This scheme will strengthen the healthcare services in India. Around 13000 hospitals in the country have been coordinated for the implementation of the scheme.

• The Ayushman Bharat programme will be funded with 60 percent contribution from the Centre and the remaining from the states.

• The beneficiaries can avail of the benefits in both public and empanelled private facilities. All public hospitals in the States implementing the scheme will be considered empanelled for the Scheme.

• Hospitals belonging to Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) will also be empanelled based on the bed occupancy ratio parameter.