The Prime Minister on Sunday launched Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), under Ayushman Bharat, which intends to provide an annual health cover of Rs 5 lakh to over 50 crore beneficiaries across India.
The PMJAY will benefit people based on the Socio-Economic Caste Survey (SECC) 2011 from 10.74 crore families in 444 districts of 26 states. The scheme will reimburse them for bed charges, and drugs and diagnostics two days before, during, and 15 days after hospitalization.
“Our government thinks of health in a holistic manner. While we are investing to improve infrastructure and human resources to provide medical care, we are also working towards preventive health care. Be it the ODF (open defecation free) mission, the scheme for concrete houses — all help towards improving the health sector.” PM Modi recollected that Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya had said spending on education and health was an investment.
“People are calling the scheme Modicare and by other names, but for me it is an opportunity to serve the poor. Even the ones living in the lowest strata of society will benefit from the scheme,” he continued.
“No one needs to register for the initiative. A health card will be provided to the beneficiaries for availing the benefits. A toll-free number will be made available to the people for finding out more about the scheme,” he added.