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Ayushman Bharat 'an invitation of fraud' for private firms, says former Union Minister Jairam

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The Central government's flagship health scheme--Ayushman Bharat--is acting as "an invitation of fraud" for private companies, said and former Union on Saturday.

Ramesh, who was addressing here, said: "It is an empty scheme as the claims made by are false. It is a gold mine for the private companies."

"The scheme acts as an invitation of to them. It only works for the benefit of private companies, private hospitals, and the private company," he said.

Claiming that the scheme allows private companies to commit fraud, Ramesh said: "Modi has allowed private companies to do corruption twice and only after the second time any action will be taken. What kind of scheme is this?"

Launched in 2018, Ayushman Bharat aims to provide to over 10 crore families covering urban and rural poor. Under this scheme, poor people have cover up to Rs 5 lakh.

He said the scheme only covers the expenses when the patient is admitted in a hospital. "We all know that majority of expenses are outpatient not inpatient like medicine, checkups, stitches," he said.

"Around 85 per cent of the expense is outpatient. Then why the never thought to include it in the scheme," said Ramesh.

He also said that the coverage of diseases in the scheme is also not efficient. "which has the highest number of diabetes cases is not included in the scheme. Similarly, high blood pressure is not covered in the scheme. This scheme is hollow," he said.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 19:12 IST