These Lok Sabha elections are probably the first in India’s history in which health is part of the mainstream political discourse. Governments are required to create conditions in which everyone can be as healthy as possible.
Asserting that the government's claims about the success of the scheme are "fake and false", senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said beneficiaries can avail treatment costing only up to Rs 50,000 under this scheme on the premium of Rs 1,100 paid by the government.
The ambitious Ayushman Bharat or the National Health Protection Scheme, which was launched by Modi in September last year, aims to cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families by providing health cover up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year.
In the first three months of PMJAY — until November 24, 2018 — 6,900 claims had been submitted for cataract surgeries even though they are done for free under the National Blindness Control Programme (NBCP).
The National Health Protection Scheme aims to provide health cover up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year. The scheme will be rolled out on September 25, on the occasion of Deen Dayal Upadhyay’s anniversary.