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AB-PMJAY SEHAT: Patient hails cashless medical facilities in J&K         

Jammu: Scores of patients, who received cashless medical treatment under, Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) SEHAT, hailed the government and urged other people to get registration to avail the benefits of the scheme.

“My son has received cashless treatment under the scheme in Samba district hospital,” Desh Raj, who was with his son said.

He added that the government’s scheme has proven very beneficial for them. He urged people to forward for registration and avail the benefits of scheme.

Another patient, Nisha Verma, who received medical treatment for kidney stones said that the AB-PMJAY SEHAT work miraculous for her and her family.

“My Kidney stones were removed and all the possible help was provided by medical staff,” she said adding that today she has been discharged.

Hailing the scheme, her husband said that such schemes proves that the Jammu and Kashmir government is committed to provide quality health care to people.

Apart from these two instances, there are several other patients across the Union Territory who have got the benefit from the golden card.

It is pertinent to mention here that Ayushman Bharat, a flagship scheme of the Government of India, was launched to achieve the vision of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The SEHAT scheme was launched in convergence with Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) with the objective to provide better health care facilities to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

SEHAT stands for Social, Endeavour for Health and Telemedicine. It is a health insurance scheme for the Union Territory. Under this scheme, free-of-cost insurance cover is provided to all the residents of the UT of J&K. It also provides financial cover up to Rs.5 Lakh per family on a floater basis to all residents of the UT of J&K.

It covers medical procedures including oncology, cardiology, nephrology etc, and up to three days of pre-hospitalization and 15 days post-hospitalization expenses like diagnostics and medicines are also included in the scheme.

The Jammu and Kashmir figures amongst the top five States/UTs with highest number of Ayushman Cards generated.

The J&K Administration is making constant efforts to upgrade the health infrastructure in UT and in order to provide better health services under SEHAT scheme, several new private hospitals have been empanelled by the State Health Agency (SHA) to extend better health services to locals.

A total 69 such healthcare institutes are empanelled under the scheme and 15 hospitals are undergoing the process of empanelment. This addition of healthcare institutes in J&K is a step towards expanding and building a strong network of hospitals and health services.

Moreover, to make the scheme more accessible for people, the Jammu and Kashmir government has taken steps to address data fidelity issues in Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011.

The health department is continuously organising registration drives and encourages people to come forward and get registered for AB-PMJAY SEHAT to avail benefits of the scheme.