Modicare: How govt plans to use 'Ayushman Bharat' to transform health care

Under Ayushman Bharat, often called Modicare, the plan is to offer universal health coverage to 500 mn beneficiaries from 100 mn vulnerable families, with each family getting Rs 500,000 as cover

Gina Singh
Modicare, Healthcare

States still to decide on roll-out; NITI Aayog, health ministry to hold second round of talks with states

Healthcare facilities in India bring to mind the scenes of chaotic meandering waiting lines, inadequate resources and tragedies endured with stoicism. A helpless lot of people are seen willing to sell every living possession in the hope of curing their beloved and ailing. Government-run public hospitals are a story of inadequate resources. The numbers, however, seem to be getting better. The private corporate sector has added approximately 60,000 beds to the superspeciality and tertiary care segments. 
Perhaps keeping in mind that health-related expenses are the single most debilitating issue that can drive the already poor segment into abject penury, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Budget 2018-19 announced the Ayushman Bharat scheme for a healthy India. The plan is to offer universal health coverage to about 500 million beneficiaries (100 million vulnerable families). Every family will get up to Rs 500,000 as cover for medical treatments. Insurance woul

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First Published: Apr 18 2018 | 12:04 PM IST

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