Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana to cover child cancer treatment

The Union Government has announced that the treatment of childhood cancer will be covered under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. The information was shared by NITI Aayog member Vinod Kumar Paul, while speaking at a function in New Delhi on September 9, 2018.

Paul revealed that child cancer will be treated under the Ayushman Bharat scheme and the rate in this regard has been fixed. He also said that 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres will be opened across India by 2022 under the scheme. The centres will provide comprehensive health care for diseases like diabetes, cancer, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.

About Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana

The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana or Ayushman Bharat scheme will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay on September 25, 2018.

It is the world's largest government-funded programme, which will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families providing coverage up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation.

The healthcare initiative will have a positive impact on approximately 50 crore Indians, especially those belonging to BPL and lower-middle-class families.

Ayushman Bharat- Key Highlights

The scheme will provide a defined benefit coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization to 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries).

The beneficiary families covered under the scheme will be allowed to take cashless benefits from any public/private empanelled hospitals across the country.

The beneficiaries will be decided on the basis of the Socio-Economic and Caste Census 2011 (SECC) database.

It will be rolled out across all States/UTs in all districts with an objective to cover all the targeted beneficiaries. To control costs, the payments for treatment will be done on a package rate basis.

The scheme proposes setting up of Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission Council (AB-NHPMC) at the national level to give policy directions and fostering coordination between centre and states. The council will be chaired by Union Health and Family Welfare Minister.

The states would be required to set up a dedicated entity called the State Health Agency (SHA) to implement the scheme.

In partnership with NITI Aayog, a robust, modular, scalable and interoperable IT platform will be made operational which will entail a paperless, cashless transaction.

The expenditure incurred in premium payment will be shared between Central and State Governments in a specified ratio as per Ministry of Finance guidelines.

The scheme is expected to increase access to quality health and medication. It is also expected to lead to timely treatments, improvements in health outcomes, patient satisfaction, improvement in productivity and efficiency, job creation thus leading to an improvement in the quality of life.

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