He also said the prices of the stents have come down significantly now than what they used to be earlier.
“We have taken a decision only around two weeks back that stents for heart ailments for people belonging to BPL category will be provided free of cost,” Choubey said while replying to questions at a news conference here.
He further stated that ‘Ayushman Bharat’ campaign has to be made a people’s movement.
The ambitious national health protection mission aims to provide an annual coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family.
The union minister informed that the Centre had recently launched a TB-free India campaign in a bid to eradicate the disease by 2025.
When asked what steps the Centre was taking to check costly medicines being prescribed by some doctors, he said, “We are now moving towards generic medicines. We have opened 3,217 centres under ‘Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Yojana.’”
Responding to questions on shortage of doctors in various government institutions, he replied the government was taking appropriate steps to check the problem.
The minister said that while strength of the AIIMS institutes in the country will be increased to 20 by the year 2022, on the other hand Ayush centres are being opened in existing AIIMS.
Choubey said the government is committed to bring the healthcare system closer to homes through 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres as part of the ‘Ayushman Bharat’ programme.
There are 1.5 lakh centres which we have to change into wellness centres, for which a sum of Rs 1,200 crore has been earmarked, he concluded.