Ayushman Bharat historic step towards new India: PM

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Ayushman Bharat historic step towards new India: PM

Wednesday, 02 October 2019 | PNS | New Delhi

nAyushman Bharat is one of the historic steps towards a new India as it ensures medical treatment to patients from all over the country, which was impossible earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday.

“In the last 1 year around 50,000 beneficiaries have availed its benefits, outside of their home States,  said the Prime Minister while  addressing the —Arogya Manthan — a two-day national workshop organised by National Health Authority (NHA) to mark the first year anniversary of Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (AB-PMJAY).

Promoting the slogan, ‘Saal ek, ayushman anek’, Modi said that health system of India is going to be a great example for the world soon. "It is heartening that we are successfully running the world"s largest health scheme of the world. And dedication of states, government, and all other people associated with the scheme made this scheme successful," said Modi.

"I consider that Ayushman Bharat scheme has proved successful, if poor people didn't have to sell their land, or got drowned into debt due to an illness. I have personally interacted with the beneficiaries and realised that it has majorly helped them," he said.

The previous Government tried to launch many health schemes, but it wasn't helping the poor people and didn't prove successful. And Indians couldn't avail the best health infrastructure and people were devoid of healthcare services. But with Ayushman Bharat, people are now

able to avail best treatment even in their non residing states, he said.

"Earlier, the poor couldnt avail treatment on time and treatment in the private hospitals was a distant dream," he said.

The Prime Minister also launched a new mobile application for the Ayushman Bharat. Launched exactly a year ago in 2018, it is world's largest health insurance scheme, which aims to provide easy access to medical facilities to over 10.74 Crore poor people in the country.

Under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya (PM-JAY), 16,085 Hospitals have been empanelled, over 41 lakh beneficiaries have been treated and over 10 Crore e-Cards issued.

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