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More than 6 lakh people benefitted under Ayushman Bharat scheme in 100 days, says Arun Jaitley

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More than 6 lakh people benefitted under Ayushman Bharat scheme in 100 days, says Arun Jaitley

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The Ayushman Bharat Scheme, which is considered to be the world's biggest healthcare scheme has completed its 100 days.

More than 6 lakh people benefitted under Ayushman Bharat scheme in 100 days, says Arun Jaitley
Terming government's flagship scheme Ayushman Bharat a 'game changer' in healthcare, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said, as many as 6.85 lakh poor patients have been provided free hospital treatment in the first 100 days of the launch of the programme.
Jaitley in a Facebook post said in the first 100 days, 6.85 lakh patients have been provided hospital treatment and 5.1 lakh claims have availed of the scheme, for which payment has been released.
The Ayushman Bharat Scheme, which is considered to be the world's biggest healthcare scheme has completed its 100 days.
"The Ayushman coverage is the Government’s scheme of Ayushman Bharat/Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (PMJAY) which was launched on September 23, 2018. This Yojana covers 10.74 crore poor families, i.e., over 50 crore people and 40 percent of India’s population is covered by this scheme," he said.
"Once awareness of the scheme increases, It is anticipated that in the next few years, almost 1 crore plus families will benefit each year," Jaitley said.
Under the scheme, 16,000 hospitals are covered which are both government and private. Thus, a patient can enroll himself in empanelled hospital and get himself hospitalised upto charges of Rs. 5 lakh in a totally cashless and paperless manner.
"Once awareness of the scheme increases, It is anticipated that in the next few years, almost 1 crore plus families will benefit each year," Jaitley said
He also said that this scheme is going to create more job opportunities in the healthcare sector and Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (PMJAY) will help create an accountable health system because beneficiary feedback is an integral part of its implementation.
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 Jaitley said this scheme is a "game changer" in healthcare and will cover 40 percent of the country's population which cannot afford to pay their medical bills.
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