National Health Authority (NHA) officials have said, the Indian government is planning to provide the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY), popularly known as Ayushman Bharat to every citizen.
Currently, PM Jay covers 40% of citizens and that the government is taking several measures to cover every Indian citizen.
“Taking a cue from the NITI Aayog report, universal health coverage in India will become a reality in the next two-three years. Implementation authority will most likely be the NHA, as it makes little sense to create a separate authority as we already run PM-JAY,” said Indu Bhushan, CEO PM-JAY
PM Jay currently covers 10 Crore Families (approximately 50 crore people) and provides healthcare worth 5 lakh rupees. Families will be covered in both private and government hospitals.
According to officials 20% of Indians are under state cover and PM jay is covering 50 % Indians and they only need to target the rest 30% in the coming years.
“All in all up to 70 percent of the population is already covered; the rest 30 percent that is excluded are tax-paying citizens and those working in the private sector,” said a senior NHA official.
“In two to four months we will make sure that PM-JAY is extended to all CGHS claimants,” the official said.
The also said the schemes will be a little different for tax-paying citizens with a modest premium deducted for extending the cover.
“This may or may not be the case… at this stage as we await orders, all possibilities are conjectural,” said the officials.