West Bengal chief minister Mamata Baneerjee has decided to defy the state from contributing 40% to the Ayushman Bharat scheme. In return, Mamata has asked the Central government to pay the full amount if they want to run the scheme in the state.
She told ANI, "My state will not contribute 40% of the funds for the Ayushman scheme. Centre has to pay the full amount if Centre wants to run the scheme."
Union Minister Arun Jaitley listed the significant statistics of the Ayushman Bharat scheme launched on September 23, 2018, stating:
Born out of this necessity is the Government’s scheme of Ayushman Bharat/Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (PMJAY). The Yojana was launched on 23rd September, 2018. It has completed 100 days today. This Yojana covers 10.74 crore poor families, i.e., over 50 crore people. 40% of India’s population is covered by this scheme. These weaker sections can avail of a medical scheme which covers hospitalisation charges spread over 1350 hospitalisation packages for a sum of Rs. 5 lakh per year for the whole family.
Thus, if any member of the family requires to be hospitalised, his charges upto Rs. 5 lakh will be picked up by the financial management under Aayushman Bharat. The scheme is paperless and cashless.
The launch of the scheme and its implementation has been relatively problem free.
Today 40% of India’s poorest are assured of a treatment in a hospital at the cost of public expenditure. This scheme also supports the hospitals as an institution by ensuring patients for them.
This will lead to more hospitals (especially in Tier II and III cities), and those with better equipment. Health sector jobs are set to increase. PMJAY will help create an accountable health system because beneficiary feedback is an integral part of its implementation.