Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the ambitious ‘Ayushman Bharat Scheme’ in Jharkhand on Sunday.
On occasion Modi said the government-sponsored health insurance scheme will benefit more than 50 crore Indians.
The scheme aimed at providing health cover of ₹5 Lakhs per family per year to about 500 million economically deprived people is touted by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) as the world’s largest healthcare programme.
A beneficiary covered under Ayushman Bharat will be entitled to avail cashless cover of medical expenditure during treatment at identified or empanelled private hospitals across the country. Insurance cover under Ayushman Bharat will include pre and post-hospitalisation expenses.
The scheme will target poor, deprived rural families and identified occupational category of urban workers’ families, 8.03 crore in rural and 2.33 crore in urban areas, as per the latest Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data. Eleven occupational categories of workers include rag pickers, beggars, domestic workers, street vendors, cobblers, hawkers, other service providers working on streets, construction workers, plumbers, masons, labours, painters, welders, security guards, coolies and other head-load workers and sanitation workers.