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Ayushman Bharat: CS sets a target of issuing 55% Golden Cards by August end

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Srinagar, Jul 17: Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam on Wednesday emphasized the need to cover all the 6.30 lakh eligible families under Ayushman Bharat -Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (AB-PMJAY), the flagship health insurance scheme.

Chaired a video-conference with Deputy Commissioners (DCs) and Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) to review the status of implementation of the scheme, Chief Secretary emphasized the need to cover all the 6.30 lakh eligible families,  and set a target of issuing Golden Cards to 55 percent of the eligible individuals by 31st August, 2019.

At present 37 percent eligible individuals covering 57 percent of the eligible families have been issued Golden Cards and 25000 of these beneficiaries have already availed benefits of free medical treatment under the scheme in various government and private hospitals including SKIMS Soura where more than 2000 patients have availed benefits followed by GMC Jammu and GMC Srinagar, an official press release informed here.

It said the meeting was also attended by Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education Department Atal Duloo, Director SKIMS, Soura Dr Omar Javid Shah, Principal GMC, Srinagar, Principal GMC, Jammu, CEO, State Health Agency, Ayushman Bharat and other senior officers.

Chief Secretary also reviewed the district-wise status of the number of patients who have availed benefit under the scheme and directed the DCs and CMOs to ensure that all eligible individuals who go to the empanelled hospitals for medical treatment avail the benefits of free treatment under the scheme.

Ayushman Bharat scheme provides a health cover of Rs 5 lakh per family per year. There are 6.30 lakh poor and vulnerable families entitled for health cover under Ayushman Bharat in the state as per the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC).

Patients can receive free treatment in empanelled government or private hospitals. As many as 127 government and private hospitals are empanelled under the scheme in the state, the press release informed.

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