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Cabinet approves setting up of National Health Authority for Ayushman Bharat

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The cabinet on Wednesday approved the National Health Authority to strengthen the Ayushman Bharat by giving them the right to impose a fine on hospitals that have messed up. 

Cabinet approves setting up of National Health Authority for Ayushman Bharat
The government on Wednesday decided to dissolve the National Health Agency and approved formation of a new body named National Health Authority for better implementation of Ayushman Bharat, the centre's healthcare scheme for the poor.
The existing society -- National Health Agency -- has been dissolved and will be replaced by the National Health Authority as an attached office to the Ministry of Health, an official statement said.
"The existing multi-tier decision making structure has been replaced with the Governing Board chaired by the Union Minister of Health which will enable the decision making at a faster pace, required for smooth implementation of the scheme," the statement said.
Welcoming the Union Cabinet's decision, Health Minister JP Nadda said, "The world's largest healthcare scheme rightfully deserves the most efficient and effective governance structure with total accountability."
The composition of the Governing Board of the new body is broad-based with due representations from the government and domain experts. Besides, the states shall also be represented on the Board on rotational basis.
"No new funds have been approved. Existing budget that was approved earlier by the Cabinet for The National Health Agency, including costs related to IT, human resources, infrastructure and operational costs would be utilised by the proposed National Health Authority," the statement stated.
It is envisaged that the National Health Authority shall have full accountability, authority and mandate to implement the scheme through an efficient, effective and transparent decision-making process, it said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September launched the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana which aims to provide a coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10.74 crore poor families or over 50 crore people for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation through a network of empanelled health care providers.
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