The BJP’s flagship health insurance scheme, Ayushman Bharat, has surpassed 30 crore beneficiary cards. The National Health Authority launched the AB-PMJAY (Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana), which offers secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation coverage worth Rs. 5 lakh per household annually.
According to government data, Uttar Pradesh tops the list with the highest number of AB beneficiary cards, with 4.8 crore holders. Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra are next on the list, with 3.78 crore and 2.39 crore AB beneficiary card users, respectively. It has confirmed more than one crore Ayushman card holders in eleven states as of January 12.
As per the Health Ministry, gender equity is a fundamental component of the scheme’s design, as women have been issued nearly 14.6 crore Ayushman cards.
The Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY card safeguards underprivileged families from the financial burden of illness and has emerged to represent equity and empowerment.
In addition, it has made possible 6.2 crore hospital admissions, saving these families Rs. 1.25 lakh crore in additional expenses. The cost of these treatments would have more than doubled to roughly Rs. 79,157 crores without the scheme’s assistance.