Health and Family Welfare Minister Vipin Singh Parmar participated in the concluding session of the two-days long conference on Ayushmaan Bharat-Pradhanmantri Jan Aarogya Yojana held at New Delhi today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over the session.
While interacting with the media after the function, he said that Himachal Pradesh has emerged as a front runner state in the country in providing universal health coverage. He said that 28.57 percent families have been covered under Ayushman Bharat whereas 31.42 percent families were covered under HimCare. He said that 25.71 percent families were regular/retired government employees, 14.29 percent families under ESI whereas 2.86 percent families under CGHS. He said that Centre government has lauded the efforts of state in health sector.
Shri Parmar said that process of issuing cards under Ayushmaan Bharat-Pradhanmantri Jan Aarogya Yojana was going on and so far 62 percent families have already got golden cards issued. He said that 33961 beneficiaries have availed free treatment benefits worth Rs 32.56 crores under the scheme. He said that provision of free treatment up to rupees five lakhs has been made under the scheme in any registered hospital across the country and 199 hospitals were registered in the state so far out of which 52 hospitals were private.
Health Minister said that HimCare Scheme has been started in the state from 1 January, 2019 for bringing those families into the fold which were not covered under Ayushmaan Bharat with the facility of free treatment up to Rs. five lakhs in hospital. He said that 40100 beneficiaries have availed treatment facilities worth Rs 39.93 crore under the scheme so far.
On the first day of the conference on Monday evening, ACS Health R.D Dhiman gave a detailed presentation about universal health coverage in the state. Himachal Pradesh was chosen by Government of India to share experiences about implementation of Ayushmaan Bharat-Pradhanmantri Jan Aarogya Yojana. He said that state government was making best efforts to strengthen health services in the state and added that Ayushmaan Bharat-Pradhanmantri Jan Aarogya Yojana and Him Care Scheme have helped people in reducing expenditure on medical expenses as most of the diseases have been covered.