Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to launch the world’s largest healthcare programme - Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) - on Sunday in Jharkhand. The healthcare scheme will ensure that the deprived families get their part of the healthcare. The programme, also called Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan, aims to provide coverage of Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 crore economically backward families.
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Ayushman Bharat scheme: How it works
Beneficiary needs to verify his or her mobile number with the National Health Agency through an OTP and then complete the KYC.
'Ayushman Mitra' facility will be there in each registered hospital to assist the patients. They will run a help desk, check documents to verify the eligibility and enrolment to the scheme. As of now, 15,686 applications for hospital empanelment have been received and over 8,735 hospitals, both public and private, have been empanelled for the scheme.
Beneficiaries will then be given QR codes for further identification and to verify his or her eligibility to avail the benefits of the scheme.
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Ayushman Bharat scheme: Eligibility criteria
A person is only eligible if he got his/her mobile number, ration card number registered during the additional data collection drive (ADCD) which was conducted on April 30, 2018 at various Gram Sabha’s across India.
Announcing the scheme on the 72nd Independence Day, PM Modi said: “Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan will be launched on September 25 this year. It is high time we ensure that the poor of India get proper access to good quality and affordable healthcare”.