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Ayushman Bharat to provide cashless medical treatment to nearly 40% of population: Health Minister


Union Health Minister J P Nadda has said Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission will provide insurance cover to nearly 40 per cent of the population in the country.

Over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families are the target beneficiaries under the scheme.

Briefing reporters in New Delhi today, Mr Nadda said, a beneficiary of the scheme will be allowed to enjoy cashless benefits from any public and private empanelled hospitals across the country. He said, the Scheme has the benefit cover of 5 lakh rupees per family per year, irrespective of its size and age.

The Minister said, Ayushman Bharat is a major step towards Universal Health Coverage and it will protect around 50 crore people from catastrophic healthcare spending.

Mr Nadda said, families, belonging to poor and vulnerable population based on Socio-Economic Caste Census database, will be benefited through the scheme.

It will subsume the on-going centrally sponsored scheme Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana and Senior Citizen Health Insurance Scheme.

The Minister said, there will be synergy with the comprehensive primary health care under National Health Mission, through one lakh 50 thousand Health and wellness centres.

Mr Nadda also said, this will lead to timely treatments and job creation, thus, leading to the overall improvement in the quality of life.

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