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Ayushman Bharat not for common man, actually a 'lifesaver' for private insurance firms: Cong

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The launched a scathing attack on Modi on Saturday, alleging that his government's flagship scheme Ayushman Bharat is not for common man but actually a "lifesaver" for private companies and hospitals.

Asserting that the government's claims about the success of the scheme are "fake and false", senior 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.

It is "not Rs 5 lakh promised by Modi, he has exaggerated it 10 times," the alleged.

"The claim that 'Modicare' has provided each cover of Rs 5 lakh is a huge fraud," he claimed.

He further said that 11 crore people across the country are already covered under schemes of various states and the Centre's Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY).

RSBY was started by the Congress-led UPA government, he added.

Ten crore people to be benefited under Ayushman Bharat are not over and above the 11 crore beneficiaries who are already availing benefits, he said, adding "Modi is trying to take credit for various health schemes through Ayushman Bharat."

Emphasising that the or Pradhan Mantri (PMJAY), which is also described as "Modicare", is conceptually wrong, the Congress said, "It doesn't cover and high blood pressure, the two common ailments in "

"Patients will not have access to under PMJAY because it excludes outpatient treatment, which 87 per cent of ailing persons undergo. Outpatient treatment is a serious financial burden that accounted for 63 per cent of the Rs 4,955 spent by households out of their pockets on health in 2014," he said.

The country does not need which benefits private players but health assurance which helps common man, which is possible through Right to Health as promised by Congress

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 17:46 IST