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A decent start to Ayushman Bharat but tough challenges lie ahead

Ayushman Bharat will provide health care insurance cover for 500 mn people

Veena Mani 

PM Modi's Ayushman Bharat scheme still in the making two days before launch

The Centre's to provide secondary and tertiary health care saw the light of day in September 2018. A Rs 500,000-insurance cover scheme was rolled out for those who feature in the socio-economic caste census as against an earlier plan of a Rs 100,000-scheme. will provide for 500 mn people. But there have been teething issues, such as difficulties in on-boarding govt hospitals. A study by India Infoline suggested that according to early estimates, govt spend per admission is in the range of Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000, while private hospitals’ revenues are at least 4.5 times higher. IIFL analysts also said that funding the scheme is likely to get challenging for the Centre that aims to cut down fiscal deficit to 3 per cent of GDP in the medium term.

A decent start to Ayushman Bharat but tough challenges lie ahead

First Published: Sat, December 29 2018. 21:29 IST
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