New Delhi: Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda exchanged the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the 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, here today.
Expressing gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Nadda said, “We are very thankful to the Prime Minister for giving us this huge opportunity to serve people,” adding, 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 added.
The Union health minister emphasized that the success of the scheme hinges upon the active participation of the states. The states need to own the scheme while Centre will design the policy framework with all possible flexibility and support.
“Exchanging of Memorandum of Understanding is an important step in formalizing the partnership between Centre and States,” he added.
Shri 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 up to 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,” Shri Nadda added.
He further said that 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.
Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Anupriya Patel, Ministers of State for Health and Family Welfare, Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog, Dr. Vinod Paul, Member Health, NITI Aayog, Smt Preeti Sudan, Secretary (Health) and Indu Bhushan, CEO, AB-NHPM, were also present at the function.