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Over 460,000 benefited under PMJAY so far: Ayushman Bharat Mission CEO

Press Trust of India/New Delhi 07 Dec 18 | 06:50 PM

Ayushman Bharat CEO Indu Bhushan

Over 460,000 people have availed the benefits of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) in the first 10 weeks of the implementation of the scheme, for which over Rs 6 billion has been authorised so far, Ayushman Bharat Mission CEO Indu Bhushan said on Friday.

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Addressing a Health and Wellness event, he said over 10,000 people are getting benefits of the scheme daily and once it is well placed, the number will go up to 30,000.

"Out of the 460,000 beneficiaries, over two-third went to private sector hospitals. The amount authorised so far is over Rs 6 billion and this number is going up exponentially," Bhushan said.

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The PMJAY, touted as the world's largest government-funded healthcare programme, was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ranchi, Jharkhand, on September 23. Under the scheme, over 100 million families will be provided health insurance worth Rs 500,000 each, every year.

Highlighting the "meaningful engagement" of PMJAY with the private sector, Bhushan said out of the 14,000 empanelled hospitals over 8,000 are private ones.

"We are providing benefits to more than 10,000 beneficiaries everyday. Once the scheme is well placed and deeply rooted in the system, this number will go up to 30,000 per day," he said.

In an outreach initiative to create awareness about the scheme, the prime minister has written letters to all the 100 million intended beneficiaries, out of which 50 million have been dispatched so far, Bhushan said.

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The Ayushman Bharat Mission CEO said PMJAY will prove to be a giant leap towards universal healthcare in the country because of its scale, demand-side financing focusing on poor people, collective bargaining, and the role of the private sector in it.

So far, more than 1 million calls have been received atoll-freel free number of the scheme and everyday around 10,000 to 30,000 callers seek information about it, Bhushan said, adding the website of the scheme has got three million unique hits since it was launched.

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