Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out the ambitious Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (ABPMJAY) on Sunday in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
PM Modi’s health scheme aims at providing medical insurance coverage worth Rs.5 lakh each for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization to about 100 million poor households.
However, politics over the “biggest health scheme in the world” played out across states on Sunday as five non-NDA ruled states refused to implement the program.
“People are calling the scheme Modicare, and by other names, but for me, it is an opportunity to serve the poor. This scheme that comes into effect from Sunday, is the world’s biggest health assurance scheme and will be a game changer,” PM Modi said.
“The number of beneficiaries of this scheme is roughly equal to the population of the European Union, or the population of America, Canada and Mexico, taken together.”
“The programme will not differentiate between people, based on religion, caste, location. The poor of my country must get all facilities that the rich enjoy”, he said while reiterating the slogan sabka saath, sabka vikas.
The ministry of health and family welfare introduced the AB-PMJAY health scheme with 1354 packages for several treatments like coronary bypass, knee replacements, and stenting provided at 15 to 20% cheaper rates than other Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS).