Powering the health-care engine with innovation- THE HINDU - 19/02/2020

Analyzing the performance of the Ayushman Bharat scheme.

The Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY), or the national health protection scheme was launched in 2018.

The launch and expansion of Ayushman Bharat-PM-JAY was a watershed moment for the Indian health-care service delivery ecosystem.

The scheme is currently being implemented in 32 of the 36 States and Union Territories. It constitutes the world’s largest and most ambitious publicly funded health-care assurance programme.

The scheme has provided 84 lakh free treatments to poor and vulnerable patients for secondary and tertiary ailments at 22,000 empanelled hospitals.


Though the initial performance of the scheme has been very encouraging, there is still the need for scaling up of the scheme to meet the huge demands of the large Indian population.

The key areas of focus to be considered by expanding the scale of the scheme entail the following:
To expand the secondary and tertiary hospitals empanelled under PM-JAY.

Ensure the quality and capacity of the empanelled hospitals.

Keeping the cost of treatment at viable levels.


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