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22k free treatments availed since launch of AB PM-JAY SEHAT scheme in J&K

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JAMMU: In what could be the game-changer for the development of health care services in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, more than 22000 free and cashless treatments have been provided to eligible beneficiaries under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) SEHAT scheme in the first two months, reads a communiqué issued by DIPR-JK.

“The scheme was launched by Prime Minister on 26th December 2020 and it aims to provide Universal Health Insurance Coverage of Rs. 5.00 lakh per family on a floater basis in convergence with central government’s Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY),” reads the communiqué.

“Since the launch of the scheme, more than 30 Lakh residents of Jammu and Kashmir have already registered under the scheme, covering about 56% of the families. Under the scheme, in the first two months, 22.05 Lakh Golden cards have been issued to eligible beneficiaries in addition to 13.28 Lakh Golden Cards already issued under AB PM-JAY. Under AB PM-JAY, about 70% of the eligible families have been registered,” it said.

The communiqué further said: “For the ease of the beneficiaries, the government has started registrations for the scheme in all empanelled hospitals besides a network of more than 5000 Common Service Centres (CSCs) has been established for this purpose.”

“Speaking regarding the scheme, Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo said, “AB PM-JAY SEHAT Scheme is one of the most ambitious schemes of Government of Jammu & Kashmir and it is heartening to see residents availing free and cashless benefits from reputed empanelled hospitals of Jammu & Kashmir under this scheme.” He added that the residents of Jammu and Kashmir have already started availing benefits under the scheme from reputed hospitals across the country,” it said.

“Giving details about the benefits availed by the beneficiaries under the scheme, Atal Dulloo said that since the launch of the scheme, more than 450 patients have already availed benefits in empanelled hospitals from outside J&K using portability feature of AB PM-JAY scheme,” it added.

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