Four states, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Union Territory of Chandigarh, took part in the workshop
JP Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, presided over a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony with four States — Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Union Territory of Chandigarh for implementing Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan MantriRashtriyaSwasthya Suraksha Mission (PMRSSM), at a regional workshop for northern States at Shimla recently.
Jai Ram Thakur, Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh, Trivendra Singh Rawat, Chief Minister, Uttarakhand, BrahmMohindra, Health Minister, Punjab, Dr Devinder Kumar Manyal, Health Minister, Jammu and Kashmir, Vipin Singh Parmar, Health Minister, Himachal Pradesh, VirenderKashyap, Member of Parliament were present, along with Dr Vinod Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, Preeti Sudan, Secretary, MoH&FW, InduBhushan, CEO, NHA and the Health Secretaries and Mission Directors of the states.
Speaking at the function, Nadda said, “We are witnessing history as the first MoU of Ayushman Bharat is being signed here. The scheme shall be a big game changer in the healthcare.”
Nadda further said that the initiatives undertaken by the Government eventually become the largest health programmes of the world due to the sheer numbers in India. He cited TB and Leprosy elimination programmes of the government. “Through our programmes and initiatives, we are ensuring that the healthcare is accessible, affordable and equitable,” Nadda said
Nadda further stated that Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan MantriRashtriyaSwasthya Suraksha Mission (PMRSSM) will protect around 50 crore people (from about 10 crore families). “It will be cashless and paperless access to services upto Rs 5 lakhs per year will be available for the beneficiary families at the point of service in both public and private empanelled hospitals across India,” Nadda added. He further said that the beneficiaries under the scheme can avail of services anywhere in India and it is expected to bring a visible relief to the target families by mitigating the financial risk arising out of catastrophic health episodes.
Speaking at the function, Thakur, CM, Himachal Pradesh, said that Ayushman Bharat in itself is a blessing.“I extend my gratitude to Prime Minister and Union Health Minister for giving an opportunity to host this historic signing of MoUs for the world’s largest health insurance scheme.” He further said that this will provide momentum to the Ayushman Bharat programme of the government. He said that he will ensure that the programme reaches to every household. He further informed that that the health indicators of the state are good and his government will further try to improve them. He said that the state now has six medical colleges and one AIIMS approved by Central Government. We are now coming up with a medical university in the state, he added.
Speaking at the occasion, Rawat, Chief Minister, Uttarakhand said that Ayushman Bharat is going to be a revolutionary step in the healthcare and assured all the support for its implementation in the state. He added that as per the latest census 20 lakh families will be covered under this scheme in Uttarakhand. He said that government is ensuring that every household gets medical facilities within the distance of 10 km. Rawat also said that the gender ratio in the state has improved along with other public health facilities, including increase in the number of doctors in the state.
Through these MoU, the states will formally commit to implement PMRSSM. The MoU clearly outlines roles of Central and State/ UT Governments for the implementation of PMRSSM.Similar regional workshops are also planned in due course of time across India to sign MoU with States/UTs for rolling out of PMRSSM in each region.