Virendra Singh Rawat
Lucknow / Aug 19, 2019
Yogi Adityanath government will expand the network of private hospitals under ‘Ayushman Bharat’ or Modicare, the flagship scheme to provide universal free healthcare in India.
The state plans to personally engage with the management of big private hospitals to onboard them for the central scheme, which provides medical cover of up to Rs 5,00,000 per family per year.
Regarded as the world’s largest public-funded health insurance, Modicare is targetted to benefit 500 million people in India. In UP, the scheme is estimated to cover 11.8 million poor households comprising 60 million people, thus accounting for 12% of the total pan India beneficiaries.
In UP, 4 million golden cards had already been disbursed so far and more than 154,000 patients benefitted with free medical care. Recently, UP chief secretary Anup Chandra Pandey had put the onus on district magistrates for the successful implementation of the scheme.