Narendra Modi government's flagship programme the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) crossed the milestone of 50 lakh mark. Launched in September 2018, Ayushman Bharat is a healthcare scheme that aims to provide health assurance to 50 crore poor and deprived people in rural and urban areas.
There are nine hospital admissions every minute across India under the scheme. Under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, free secondary and tertiary treatment worth ₹7,901 crore has been availed in the 32 states and UTs.
Segments like cardiology, orthopaedics, radiation, oncology, cardio-thoracic and vascular surgery, and urology have emerged as the top tertiary specialities. Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh have emerged as the top performing states under the scheme.
Describing the achievement as an "important milestone" towards a healthy India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Apart from curing, this scheme is empowering several Indians."
Along with the Ayushman Bharat scheme, the Narendra Modi government is also offering coverage of up to ₹5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary hospitalization under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY). This scheme covers poor and vulnerable families based on deprivation and occupational criteria as per SECC (Socio-economic caste census) data. There is no restriction on family size, ensuring all members of designated families, specifically girl child and senior citizens, get coverage under PMJAY scheme.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan told IANS: "The Ayushman Bharat family is growing by leaps and bounds. In just over one year, under PMJAY more than 50 lakh treatments have been availed by beneficiaries across the country."