Union Health Min urges Odisha CM to join Ayushman Bharat

New Delhi: A day after a delegation from the Centre held discussion with Odisha Health Minister Naba Kishore Das over implementation of Government of India’s flagship health protection scheme, Ayushman Bharat– Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan today urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to join the programme.

The Union Health Minister shot off a letter to Patnaik in this regard. Besides, the Minister has also wrote to the Chief Ministers of Delhi, Telangana, and West Bengal urging them to join the health protection scheme.

He spoke with Arvind Kejriwal, Naveen Patnaik and Mamata Banerjee, respective Chief Ministers of Delhi, Odisha and West Bengal and will also speak to K. Chandrashekar Rao, Chief Minister of Telangana, an official release said.

Taking stock of the situation of the three States and one Union Territory (UT) that are yet to join the Government of India in implementing AB-PMJAY, he said, “It is important that the benefits of the visionary scheme like Ayushman Bharat should reach all deprived and vulnerable people in the country. I will make all efforts to convince the remaining states and UT to bring the benefits of the scheme to their people and ensure that no eligible person is deprived of these benefits.”

In his letter, the Union Health Minister said that it is due to clear and transparent processes, ease of access and benefits to a large section of the poor population that 32 states and UTs have accepted the scheme. The scheme has been is running successfully providing financial protection to crores of people.

Urging them to join the scheme, Harsh Vardhan argued that the states would gain resources, national portability, state-of-the-art technological platforms, implementation systems and world-class analytics systems at no additional cost. They will also benefit from a well-proven fraud monitoring and control system and exchange of key learnings and best practices of other states towards equitable healthcare. The Union Health Minister made it clear that financial resources will be made available to the States with adequate flexibility in the spirit of cooperative federalism.

He pointed out that implementing AB-PMJAY would prove highly beneficial for not just the State but equally importantly to its people and all stakeholders. The ultimate beneficiary of this collaboration will be poor and vulnerable people. Due to the portability of services, the states will gain from the nationwide network of hospitals and will also help provide services in their own state to those from outside their states, he elaborated.

He assured full support and cooperation to States in aligning their own schemes with Ayushman Bharat.

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