The number of people who have benefited from the 'Ayushman Bharat' scheme has crossed the 10 million-mark, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on 20 May 2020, noting that the initiative has had a positive impact on several lives. In September 2018, PM Modi had launched the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana-Ayushman Bharat. It has been termed as the biggest government-sponsored healthcare scheme in the world.
Ayushman Bharat
  1. Ayushman Bharat, a flagship scheme of Government of India, was launched as recommended by the National Health Policy 2017, to achieve the vision of Universal Health Coverage (UHC)
  2. This initiative has been designed to meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its underlying commitment, which is to "leave no one behind."
  3. Ayushman Bharat is an attempt to move from a segmented and segmented approach of health service delivery to a comprehensive need-based health care service. 
  4. This scheme aims to undertake path breaking interventions to holistically address the healthcare system (covering prevention, promotion and ambulatory care) at the primary, secondary and tertiary level. 
  5. Ayushman Bharat adopts a continuum of care approach, comprising of two inter-related components, which are - Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) and Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY)
  6. PM-JAY is the world’s largest health insurance/ assurance scheme fully financed by the government.
  7. It provides a cover of Rs. 5 lakhs per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization across public and private empanelled hospitals in India.
  8. PM-JAY provides cashless access to health care services for the beneficiary at the point of service, that is, the hospital.
  9. It covers up to 3 days of pre-hospitalization and 15 days post-hospitalization expenses such as diagnostics and medicines.
  10. There is no restriction on the family size, age or gender.
  11. All pre–existing conditions are covered from day one.
  12. Public hospitals are reimbursed for the healthcare services at par with the private hospitals.