In a significant milestone, India's ambitious healthcare initiative, Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), has provided over 5.6 crore hospital admissions, with a total worth exceeding Rs. 69,000 crore. This achievement was announced by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya during the valedictory session of Arogya Manthan 2023, celebrated the fifth anniversary of Ayushman Bharat PMJAY and the second anniversary of Ayushman Bharat Digital Health Mission (ABDM).
The Impact of Ayushman Bharat-PMJAY
Ayushman Bharat-PMJAY, often regarded as the world's most extensive government-funded healthcare program, has made a profound impact on healthcare accessibility in India. The scheme, which targets more than 50 crore beneficiaries, provides health coverage of up to Rs. 5 lakh per family annually, with a focus on cashless and paperless transactions.
Minister Mandaviya emphasized the program's transformative value, highlighting that many beneficiaries had availed hospital admissions for life-threatening diseases. The cost of treatment for these critical conditions would have been significantly higher if accessed outside the scheme's umbrella.
Empowering Women's Healthcare
One of the remarkable aspects of Ayushman Bharat-PMJAY is its commitment to prioritizing women's health. Nearly 49% of Ayushman card recipients are women, with over 48% of authorized hospital admissions and more than 141 medical procedures exclusively dedicated to women.
Celebrating the First Beneficiary
During the event, Minister Mandaviya had the honour of felicitating Karishma, a five-year-old girl who holds the distinction of being the first beneficiary of the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. Karishma's journey mirrors the growth and success of this monumental healthcare initiative.
The occasion also witnessed the acknowledgement of states and Union Territories for their outstanding contributions to the program. Assam, Nagaland, and Jammu and Kashmir were awarded for their exceptional performance in Ayushman Card creation. Karnataka and Tripura received recognition for achieving the highest utilization percentage in public hospitals under the scheme.
Ayushman Bharat Digital Health Mission (ABDM) Achievements
ABDM, another pivotal component of India's healthcare transformation, achieved significant milestones. Andhra Pradesh was recognized as the leading state in linking health records with ABHA, while Uttar Pradesh emerged as the top state in generating ABHA scan and share tokens.
Digital Health Revolution
With over 45 crore Ayushman Bharat Health Accounts (ABHA) generated in the last two years, the scheme has successfully integrated more than 30 crore health records. This integration harnesses digital technologies to enhance healthcare delivery and patient care.
New Initiatives for Greater Health Coverage
Minister Mandaviya also unveiled two new initiatives aimed at expanding healthcare coverage. "Aapke Dwar Ayushman" (ADA 3.0), launched by the National Health Authority (NHA), and the "Ayushman Bhav" campaign, inaugurated by President Droupadi Murmu on September 13, is set to further boost health coverage in India.
Ayushman Bharat-PMJAY continues to be a ray of hope, ensuring that millions of Indians receive quality healthcare services and financial protection during medical emergencies. As it marks its journey forward, the program reaffirms its commitment to making healthcare accessible to all