New Delhi: Over 42,000 people availed treatment under the government’s health scheme Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) outside their states in the last one year.
“Many Indians migrate and travel, mainly due to work. A unique feature of PM-JAY is its portability, which has helped the eligible poor and migrant workers seek treatment outside their states. So far, there have been 42,631 portability cases," said Indu Bhushan, CEO, National Health authority (NHA), the implementing agency for AB- PMJAY.
To cater to demand for services under PM-JAY, and ensure quality care to beneficiaries, the union health ministry, in an official statement said 51 hospitals are empanelled every day, helping build a network of hospitals that conform to quality standards.
According to the health ministry, more than 18,236 hospitals have been empanelled across India so far to ensure optimal accessibility to eligible families. Out of the total hospitals empanelled, 53% are private, especially multi-specialty.
There are 9 hospital admissions every minute in India, the government data said.
PM-JAY provides cashless and paperless access to services for the beneficiary at the point of service. “The uptake of PM-JAY by private sector providers has been very encouraging. We have many private hospitals empanelled under PM-JAY. We are working on getting the top corporate hospitals on board, so that beneficiaries have maximum choices," said Bhushan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched PM-JAY on 23 September, 2018 from Ranchi, Jharkhand. According to the health and family welfare ministry, over the last one year, nearly ₹7,500 crores have been spent on 46.4 lakh hospital treatments, with 60% of the amount spent on tertiary care.
PM-JAY is the government’s flagship scheme which aims to bring quality healthcare to around 50 crore poor and vulnerable Indians across India. The scheme gives annual healthcare benefit of up to ₹5 lakh for every entitled family. PM-JAY is described as the world’s largest government-funded health insurance scheme.