New Delhi : Under the flagship health insurance scheme AB PM-JAY, the government aims to deliver 10 lakh Ayushman Bharat cards everyday from 4.5 lakh cards, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Sunday. He spoke at the inauguration of Arogya Manthan 2022 programme that marks the completion of four years of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) and a year of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM).
Highlighting that 3.95 crore admissions amounting to Rs 45,294 crore have been done so far under it, Mandaviya informed that the government’s focus is to make health services reach people at the end of the delivery chain, enabled by technology.
Highlighting the PMJAY beneficiaries as the most important stakeholder in the largest global public health insurance scheme, Dr Mandaviya stated that “Over 19 crore Ayushman Cards have been made in the country spanning its coverage in 33 States/UTs, and more than 24 crore ABHA numbers have also been generated. This reflects an important milestone in the digitisation of health records in the country. “
Dr Mandaviya also stated that PM-JAY has been successful in bridging the gap between rich and poor in terms of accessibility of healthcare services in the country.
Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister for Railways, Communications, Electronics & IT, Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar, Union Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Dr Vinod Paul, NITI Aayog Member (Health), Dr Dhan Singh Rawat, Uttarakhand State Health Minister and Dr R S Sharma, CEO, National Health Authority were present at the event.
Commenting on technology and health coming together, Vaishnaw said that every village in the country will be connected through high speed optical fibre in the next few years which will ensure connectivity and continuous health access to all. He highlighted that the government is also making adequate legal framework towards safeguarding the data of the health beneficiaries.
Dr Pawar lauded the completion of four years of PM-JAY and 1 year of ABDM and said that it marks an important milestone in the direction of universal health coverage. She stated that the country is not only pioneering the adoption of technology in health services but also ensuring that it is implemented at the grass root level. The government is working holistically to ensure the best of healthcare services to its citizens, she added.
Dr Paul also underlined the importance and need for strong healthcare systems to achieve universal health coverage by 2030.
Congratulating all the stakeholders at the centre and state level for being active participants in the journey towards making healthcare accessible and affordable for all, Dr Sharma highlighted on the importance of accessibility, quality and financial protection in order to achieve the goal of universal health coverage.
The Union Health Minister launched several new initiatives including Health Claims Exchange (HCX), National e-Rupi Portal and Roadmap for Digitization. The digital versions of Annual Report for NHA, Coffee Table Book and Best Practices Booklet were also unveiled. The publications can be viewed at pmjay.gov.in.
Dr Mandaviya inaugurated the “Digital Health Expo” that saw enthusiastic participation from digital health innovators like NIC (showcasing eHospital and Aarogya Setu), C-DAC, Karnataka Government, Medical Devices start-ups from Vizag, AWS India, Google, Microsoft, Tata Medical and Diagnostics, Reliance Digital Health, Hitachi MGRM, Paytm, Bajaj Finserv Health among others from government as well as private sector.
The day 1 of Arogya Manthan also saw informative sessions around roadmap for universal health coverage, promoting inter-operability in digital health, enhancing the efficiency of PMJAY, increasing the adoption of digital health, health technology assessment for evidence based PMJAY decisions and privacy and data security at the core for digital health in India. The participants included representatives from international organisations/ministries like Hong Kong Hospital Authority, Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health, World Bank, Centre for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Global Health Payment LLC, USA, Health Ministry Mexico, Ministry of Health, Thailand and Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, Australia along with various thought leaders of healthcare and technology in India.