New Delhi: Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojna (AB-PMJAY), which is dubbed as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project, has crossed the one-lakh beneficiary mark in just a month.
Union health minister Jagat Prakash Nadda in a tweet said: “A 46-year-old from MP (Madhya Pradesh) admitted in Rewa, becomes the 1,00,000th beneficiary under #AyushmanBharat PMJAY. He undergoes Posterior Cervical Fusion with an implant, a neurological treatment costing Rs 50,000 at Vindhya Hospital and Research Centre.” 

The Centre’s flagship health insurance scheme was launched on September 23.

Earlier, Ayushman Bharat CEO Indu Bhushan had said the implementation of the scheme should stabilise in about three months. And in a year or two, the real impact at the population level will show.

So far, he said two lakh beneficiary cards have been distributed. “We are identifying beneficiaries who visit hospitals. And those who want to find out about their eligibility, they can call up the call centre at 14555.” said Bhushan.

Around 7,000 government hospitals are empanelled and treating patients under the scheme. No private hospital is yet empanelled. About 8,000 hospitals are in the process of being empanelled.

Some highlights:

-The scheme has identified the occupational category of urban workers' families, 8.03 crore in rural and 2.33 crore in urban areas, as per the latest SECC (Socio Economic Caste Census) data.

-This cover will take care of almost all secondary care and most of the tertiary care procedures. 

-There will be no restriction on family size, age and gender. 

-A beneficiary covered under the scheme will be allowed to take cashless benefits from any public/private empanelled hospitals across the country.

-The benefit cover will also include pre and post-hospitalisation expenses & all pre-existing conditions will be covered from day one of the policy. 

-The Ayushman Bharat scheme will be funded with 60% contribution coming from the Centre and remaining from the states.