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Ayushman Bharat Highlights: ‘Game changer’ says PM Modi as he launches health scheme

The cashless scheme, which offers an annual cover of Rs 5 lakh to economically weaker section of society will be launched at the Prabhat Tara ground, and is expected to benefit 5.7 million families in the state alone.

By HT Correspondents | Sep 23, 2018 17:24 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally launched the world’s largest public health insurance scheme, Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (AB-PMJAY) in Ranchi on Sunday. The cashless scheme, which offers an annual cover of Rs 5 lakh to economically weaker section of society will be launched at the Prabhat Tara ground, and is expected to benefit 5.7 million families in the state alone. The PM will also inaugurate 10 wellness centres, as part of the scheme, in Jharkhand. The Ayushman Bharat scheme aims to cover around 550 million people, across the country.

Here are the highlights:

3:38pm IST

Rajnath Singh launches Ayushman Bharat scheme in Lucknow

“Today is a historic day for the country. The scheme will prove ‘Modi kawach’ (shield) for the poor and will be highly beneficial for them,” Rajnath Singh said at the launch in Lucknow.

“Now the poor will not have to beg for treatment of their family members. The scheme will also create employment opportunities. The Centre has also decided to constitute national digital health authority and will spend 2.5 per cent of GDP on health sector,” he said.

2:31pm IST

‘Game-changer’ scheme like Ayushman Bharat exists nowhere else

The PM said that the Ayushman Bharat health scheme was going to be a game-changer adding that there is no other scheme like this in the entire world. He also said that tor 30-40 years, there have been slogans saying ‘garibi hatao’ (remove poverty). But if the people with the slogans had focused on the poor, the country wouldn’t have been in this situation.

2:22pm IST

No registration, just remember the number 14555

The Prime Minister said that no registration will be needed for the scheme. However, people will have to remember the number 14555 to inquire about your the scheme or if you are entitled to it. People travelling to other states can also take the benefit from whichever state they are in.

2:19pm IST

‘Ayushman Bharat is free of discrimination’

The PM said that Ayushman Bharat will not be based on caste, status or religion, it will be for all. “Sabka saath sabka vikas,’ there will be no discrimination, he said.

02:12pm IST

Some people just use the poor for petty politics: PM Modi

In an indirect attack on the Congress, PM Modi said that some people only knew how to play petty politics. “I had taken the first step for this programme on the birth date of BR Ambedkar. Today we are remembering those brave men who have done a lot for this country. Whenever the health sector of our country is talked about, people say that almost all the money from the pockets of poor go into the treatment if they ever have a disease. This scheme is for those people. I want to tell the people, who just played petty politics in the name of poor and never did anything for them, to get to know them. They think that if you give anything to the poor, they will be happy. But thats far from the truth. The poor have a lot of self-respect. I know that because i have lived that life,” he said.

2:05pm IST

‘Ayushman Bharat is a miracle in itself’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Ayushman Bharat is a miracle in itself. “This work wasn’t easy or small. It was all done within 6 months. It is a miracle in itself and thats why i want to congratulate my entire team. When the blessings of 50 crore people are with us, even the Asha worker sitting somewhere would giver her best. Even while inaugurating this scheme i would want hospitals to remain empty as i do not want any of my countrymen to suffer. But if something like that ever happens to you, Ayushman Bharat will take care of you,” he said.

2:01pm IST

Even the last person standing should get health facility: PM

PM Modi said that today the focus of the entire nation is on Ranchi. “In over 400 districts of the country, a similar event is taking place. Even the last person standing should get better health facility. More than 50 crore people will get an insurance upto rupees 5 lakhs. This is the world’s first such scheme. No other country has a scheme like this. The number of people who are to benefit from this is almost the population of the entire European Union,” he said.

1:53pm IST

Five people get health insurance card from PM

Five people today got a health insurance card from Prime Minister Modi at the launch of Ayushman Bharat. The cashless scheme offers an annual cover of Rs 5 lakh to economically weaker section of society.

1:49pm IST

PM launches Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna in Ranchi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally launched the world’s largest public health insurance scheme, Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (AB-PMJAY) in Ranchi on Sunday. The PM also inaugurated 10 wellness centres, as part of the scheme, in Jharkhand.

1:39pm IST

‘Proud moment for Jharkhand’: Raghubar Das at Ayushman Bharat launch

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said that the world’s largest government-funded health scheme being launched in Jharkhand is a proud moment for the state. He also tweeted a picture of the PM earlier today mentioning how Narendra Modi stopped his vehicle to interact with Anganwadi workers in Ranchi.

 

1:17pm IST

PM lays foundation for construction of medical colleges in Chaibasa

PM Modi, using online tool, lays foundation for construction of medical colleges in Chaibasa and Koderma.

1:12pm IST

Big jump in health sector for the world: JP Nadda on Ayushman Bharat

Union health minister JP Nadda called the launch of Ayushman Bharat “a historic day not only for India, but also a big jump in health sector for the world”.

12:49pm IST

PM arrives at event venue

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the Prabhat Tara ground in Ranchi to launch the much awaited public health insurance scheme Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna . The PM will also inaugurate 10 wellness centres, as part of the scheme, in Jharkhand.

10:46am IST

PM Modi to leave for Sikkim after scheme launch

The Prime Minister said he would be leaving for Sikkim after the launch of the programme. “After the programme in Jharkhand I will leave for Sikkim. In Sikkim, I will be inaugurating the Pakyong Airport tomorrow, which will improve connectivity and benefit the people of Sikkim,” he tweeted.

10:06am IST

Historic day for India, says PM Modi

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that today is a historic day for India over the launch of Ayushman Bharat which is scheduled to take place today. “I will be in Ranchi to mark the launch of PMJAY- Ayushman Bharat. During the programme, foundation stones for medical colleges in Chaibasa and Koderma will be laid. Health and wellness centres will also be inaugurated. We are committed to building a healthy and fit India,” he said.

9:24am IST

Insurance scheme to have 1,350 packages to cover treatment

The insurance scheme has 1,350 packages to cover treatment including those for cancer surgeries, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, cardiac surgeries, stenting; neuro (brain) surgeries, spine surgeries, dental surgeries, eye surgeries, specialised tests such as MRI, CT scans etc.

9:14am IST

Jharkhand’s first Ayushman Bharat claimant to undergo heart operation

Bachulal Tiwary, 50, would be the first claimant from Jharkhand of the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), to be launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi here in Ranchi this afternoon, health officials said. “Tiwary would undergo heart valve operation at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, on Sunday evening under the scheme,” said state health secretary Nidhi Khare.

9:10am IST

Scheme being launched against background of soaring medical treatment costs

The scheme is being launched against a background of soaring costs of medical treatment in the country with in-patient hospitalisation expenditure rising by 300% over the past decade. Patients spend 80% out of their pocket for their treatment, according to National Sample Survey Office’s (NSSO) figure of 2015.

8:51am IST

11 occupational criteria will determine entitlement for urban areas

The entitlement to the scheme is being decided on the basis of deprivation criteria in the SECC database. The beneficiaries are identified based on the deprivation categories identified under the SECC database for rural areas. For the urban areas, the 11 occupational criteria will determine entitlement.

8:23am IST

Ayushman Bharat scheme to cover over 50 crore people

The Ayushman Bharat scheme will target poor, deprived rural families and identified occupational category of urban workers’ families, 80.3 million in rural and 23.3 million in urban areas, as per the latest Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data. It will cover around 50 crore people.