New Delhi, May 16, 2018: Ayushman Bharat Healthcare Summit (ABHS) was organised on 16th May at Taj Diplomatic Enclave. The summit brought together all the stakeholders of Ayushman Bharat Program (ABP) like Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Niti Aayog, State Governments like UP to deliberate upon design and implementation of ABP. Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was the Chief Guest on the occasion, while Sidharth Nath Singh (Health Minister, UP) was the Guest of Honour.
Hon’ble Sh. Ashwini Kumar Choubey firmly assures “Ayushman Bharat is a people’s movement. It is through mass participation that we can make it successful and mass participation can only follow mass awareness. In this context, what you are doing here today is important. We have to get everyone together on this and achieve the goal of a healthy, strong, empowered Bharat – Ayushman Bharat”.
Ayushman Bharat scheme will reach out to benefit over 10 crore families or nearly 60 crore people with a government funded health insurance cover of INR 5lakhs per person. This is touted to be the world’s largest government health insurance program.
Stressing on the need for Summits like ABHS, Swadeep Srivastava, Founding Partner and CBO India Virtual Hospital (IVH) said “Ayushman Bharat is poised to transform healthcare delivery in the country. This massive undertaking will be successful only with active participation of people from all walks of life. We at IVH and Business World believe that this can be achieved by creating conversations around this program which is exactly why we have assembled here today”.
All participating experts agreed that the success of this program depends on mass participation and spreading awareness about it would help take discussions out of conference halls into drawing rooms.
“Ayushman Bharat is a comprehensive health and wellness mission. We do intend to provide financial protection for hospitalised patients through this but more than that we want it to be a mass movement at the primary healthcare level that will help India reap the rewards of its rich demographic dividend”, said Dr Vinod K Paul, Member, Niti Aayog.
Dwelling on the specifics of Ayushman Bharat, Dr Paul pointed out that beneficiaries would be automatically enrolled under the scheme based on SECC data (Socio Economic Cast Census). The beneficiaries would also be able to avail portability under the scheme and would be treated anywhere in the country with their home state paying for it.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr Sidharth Nath Singh, Minister of Health, Government of Uttar Pradesh said, “Ayushman Bharat is a dream come true for health ministers across the country. It will certainly help us address imbalances at the primary and secondary healthcare levels. In fact, this scheme will go a long way in helping us realise our intent of delivering healthcare to the remotest corners of the state through more than 140 CHCs that we have recently set up under the PPP model.
The Summit is likely to come up with reliable, sustainable, accessible, and affordable designs, models and policies to implement ABP and bring quality healthcare at the door-step of every Indian by 2022.