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20 States sign MoU for implementing Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM)

Published on June 18, 2018
In a march towards addressing the most important issue a poor family has, that is health care, the central government and 20 states have taken a significant step during the Health Ministers's Conclave held in New Delhi.
  • Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, J.P. Nadda exchanged the Memorandum of Understanding with the State Health Ministers of 20 States, stating their commitment towards the launch of the Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM). 
  • According to the Minister, this largest health assurance scheme of the world that he says can be perfected by working with the spirit of cooperative federalism.
  • While expecting an active participation from the States, he stressed on the fact that the States need to own the scheme while Centre will design the policy framework with all possible flexibility and support.

Features of AB-NHPM:

  • It will protect around 50 crore people (from about 10 crore families).
  • It will provide cashless and paperless access to services upto Rs. 5 lakhs per year.
  • It will be available for the beneficiary families at the point of service in both public and private empanelled hospitals across India.
  • The beneficiaries under the scheme can avail services anywhere in India.
  • It will help the beneficiaries to reduce "Out Of Pocket (OOP) expenditure".
It is extremely important at this juncture to point out that the Minister also said that alongside AB-NHPM, the Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) will deliver comprehensive primary health care.
The H&WC would provide preventive, promotive, and curative care for non-communicable diseases, dental, mental, geriatric care, palliative care, etc.
Apart from all this, the Government has already gone ahead with an initiative of "Universal Screening of common non-communicable diseases (NCD's)" .
Some examples of NCD's that the government is looking to screen are: diabetes, hypertension and common cancers along with Tuberculosis and Leprosy.
Getting to know about these NCD's affecting an individual, in the early stages, will help in taking timely protective measures and eventually bringing down the disease burden of the country.
As of now, 20 states have signed the MoU and its likely to be 25 States by the end of this month.
Another important news was that of the launch of a web portal for initiating the empanelment of hospitals under the mission.
Training / Demo of empanelment software will be conducted in next two weeks and States can operationalize empanelment of hospitals by 1st of July.
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