Government revises packages under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna
The government on Thursday announced it has revised treatment packages under its flagship health insurance scheme, Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY), under which Rs 5 lakh annual health insurance cover per family is provided to 100.7 million poor and vulnerable families for hospitalization.
Of the 1393 treatment packages that were initially included in the scheme, there has been an increase in the rate of 270 packages, addition of 237 new packages and adoption of 43 stratified packages.
There is no change to the rate of 469 packages, however, 554 packages have been discontinued, and there is a reduction in the rate of 57 packages, revealed National Health Authority (NHA), the nodal agency for implementation of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.
“We are confident that with the revision in the Health Benefit Packages of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana., many new private hospitals will get empanelled with the scheme. This will help improve the access to good quality healthcare, and lakhs of vulnerable families will receive free treatment,” said Union health minister Harsh Vardhan.
Within one year of the scheme, 46.5 lakh hospital treatments were provided, amounting to claims worth Rs 7,490 crore. Fifty three per cent of the treatments were provided in private hospitals, and 60% were for tertiary care.
“We are constantly striving to make improvements in the scheme to make it better for the beneficiaries as well as hospitals offering the facilities. In the past one year we constituted 24 expert committees to look into the packages and recommend changes wherever necessary,” said Indu Bhushan, CEO, Ayushman Bharat.
The NHA, along with experts from the Department of Health Research (DHR), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Tata Memorial Hospital, was involved in the process to remove the inconsistencies in the nomenclature and pricing for their respective specialties.
To ensure that the hospitals do not overcharge, and rates do not vary across hospitals, empanelled healthcare providers (EHCP) are paid based on specified package rates. A package consists of all the costs associated with the treatment, including pre and post hospitalisation expenses.