Srinagar (NVI): The Jammu and Kashmir government has issued over 10 lakh golden cards and has provided treatment to at least 10,000 beneficiaries in first 40 days of the launch of Ayushman Bharat (PM-JAY) SEHAT scheme in the UT.
Since the launch of scheme, 10,000 free and cashless treatments worth Rs 7.21 crore have been provided to eligible beneficiaries under the scheme, a J&K govt press release stated.
Besides, 10.77 lakh golden cards have been issued in addition to 12.90 lakh golden cards issued under AB PM-JAY, the release added.
SEHAT scheme launched by the government covers all residents of Jammu and Kashmir including employees and pensioners as well as their families.
The scheme in convergence with PM-JAY aims to provide Universal Health Insurance Coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family on a floater basis. SEHAT scheme has the same benefits as available under AB-PMJAY.
Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education, Atal Dulloo said, “AB PM-JAY SEHAT Scheme is a historical step in the direction towards Universal Health Insurance. We have made a humble beginning but there is a long way to go. It is heartening to see residents availing free and cashless benefits from reputed empanelled hospitals of Jammu & Kashmir.”
He further said, “Residents of Jammu and Kashmir have already started availing benefits under the scheme from reputed hospitals outside the Union Territory of J&K.”
“Since the launch of scheme, 155 patients have already availed benefits in empanelled hospitals from outside J&K using portability feature of AB PM-JAY scheme,” he added.
Moreover, more than 24,000 empanelled public and private hospitals (including 229 hospitals empanelled within UT) are providing benefits under this scheme.
The scheme envisions to help mitigate expenditure on medical treatment to all the residents of Jammu & Kashmir. It covers up to 3 days of pre-hospitalization and 15 days post-hospitalization expenses such as diagnostics and medicines.
Furthermore, the benefits provided under the scheme are portable across the country.
Registrations can be done at any Common Service Centers (CSCs) or empanelled Hospitals. A network of more than 5,000 CSCs are set up and working.