LUCKNOW: Complex cardiac events topped the list of procedures for which people used the Ayushman Card in Uttar Pradesh. Cancer treatment and total hip replacements follow next. In all, over 8.46 lakh peple have made use of the Pradhan Mantri and Mukhya Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana since its launch in 2018. The total worth of the treatment extended is pegged to be Rs 886 crore.
The facts came to the fore on the eve of the scheme’s third anniversary.
“Medical treatment is known to trigger a decline in the socio-financial standing of people with limited means. Those in villages often sell their assets or take loan to save a dear one. The scheme has saved many families from suffering besides turning the dream of universal healthcare into a reality,” said Sangeeta Singh, chief executive officer of State Agency for Comprehensive Health Insurance and Integrated Services, the implementing agency for Ayushman Bharat.
Data from the state government showed that the scheme which began with a target of 1.18 crore possible beneficiary families has been able to extend the benefits to an additional 60 lakh families over three years. The poorest of the poor—antyodaya card holders—have recently benefited from it.
Singh said that the card comes handy for people coming with common problems too such as cataract surgery, kidney stone removal or Csection childbirth.
She added that the Covid-19 package was added to help people avail medical facility at private hospitals during the pandemic.