Health protection mission launched on Independence Day

Pothashang News Service: Imphal,August 15, 2018: Pilot programme of Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) was launched today by Manipur chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh at his secretariat ahead of the mission’s official launch.

It was to be launched across the nation on September 25 this year, on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.

Four hospitals, RIMS Hospital, JNIMS Hospital, SKY Hospital and Jeevan Hospital, Kakching signed agreement of empanelment with the Manipur government for the scheme at the ceremony.

Biren lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for conceptualising such a noble scheme having humane touch. He expressed hope that the expenditure incurred by state government’s Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) would come down up to a large extent with the introduction of Ayushman Bharat.

Observing that no scheme would serve its intended purpose unless it is executed effectively, the Biren asked the authority concerned to put in best possible effort to implement the scheme in a transparent and proper manner. He also advised the officials to encourage more hospitals to get empanelled for the new scheme.

The ambitious Ayushman Bharat scheme aims to cover over 10 crore vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) of the country and provide health cover up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year. The expenditure incurred in premium payment of the scheme will be shared between the central and state governments at the rate of 90:10 for North East states.

All members of eligible families as present in Socio Economic Caste Census-2011 database are automatically covered. Beneficiary can go to any empanelled public/private hospitals across the country and get free treatment for up to Rs 5 lakh. Beneficiaries need to carry any prescribed ID like Aadhaar card to receive treatment.

Health minister L. Jayantakumar was also present among MLAs and officials, and hospitals’ representatives were present on the ocassion.

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