Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, JP Nadda exchanged the Memorandum of Understanding with the state health ministers of 20 states marking their commitment towards the launch of the Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) at a Health Ministers conclave today.
Expressing gratitude to the Prime Minister, JP Nadda stated that we are very thankful to the Prime Minister for giving us this huge opportunity to serve people. He further said that the initiative will change the landscape of healthcare in the country and we would be remembered forever for our work. “We shall work together, learn together, so that we work with the spirit of cooperative federalism, to perfect this largest health assurance scheme of the world,” Nadda said.
“Exchanging of Memorandum of Understanding is an important step in formalising the partnership between Centre and States,” he added.
J P Nadda further stated that AB-NHPM will protect around 50 crore people (from about 10 crore families). “It will be cashless and paperless access to services upto Rs 5 lakhs per year will be available for the beneficiary families at the point of service in both public and private empanelled hospitals across India,” Nadda added.
The beneficiaries under the scheme can avail services anywhere in India and it is expected to bring a visible relief to the target families by mitigating the financial risk arising out of catastrophic health episodes.
The union health minister further stated that health is at the centre-stage and the Government is looking at it holistically.
“The H&WC would provide preventive, promotive, and curative care for non-communicable diseases, dental, mental, geriatric care, palliative care, etc.”
He further stated that the government has initiated universal screening of common NCDs such as diabetes, hypertension and common cancers along with Tuberculosis and Leprosy, which will eventually help in reducing the disease burden of the country.
Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, said that AB-NHPM will have major impact on reduction of Out Of Pocket (OOP) expenditure.
He said that the scheme will give cashless benefits in any public or private hospital across the country, ensuring accessible and equitable quality health care to the marginalised and vulnerable sections.
Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare stated that NHPM is a move towards comprehensive model of health services delivery, from a sectoral, fragmented and segmented approach. She added that it a big step to improve secondary and tertiary hospitalisation and healthcare facilities.
CEO AB-NHPM, Indu Bhushan gave a detailed presentation and updated the status of the implementation. He urged the states to seek approval and release RFP for insurance company hiring (in case of insurance mode) or Implementation support agency (ISA) in case of trust mode implementation.
20 states have so far signed MoU and its likely to be 25 states by the end of this month. The participants were appreciative of the inclusive approach taken by National Health Agency during consultations and workshops.