Jammu: Wife of Kaka Ram, a cancer patient from district Samba has extended her gratitude to the Jammu and Kashmir government for providing free medical treatment under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) SEHAT scheme.
Narrating her ordeal, she said my husband is a cancer patient and also struggling with breathing issues.
“We have been admitted here at premier health institution of Jammu region in Government Medical College, Jammu,” she said.
added that they have been receiving all the medical treatments as well as medicines free of cost in the hospital premises under AB-PMJAY-SEHAT.
“Golden card of AB-PMJAY SEHAT is not less than a miracle as it helped us a lot, as our financial condition is not good. It was impossible without this scheme,” she said.
She also thanked the medical staff for providing assistance in availing the benefits of the scheme.
Another attendant from district Samba, who is with his ailing mother, expressed satisfaction for the treatment provided under AB-PMJAY SEHAT’s golden card.
“I have no words to express happiness as my mother is likely to be discharged from the Government Medical College, Jammu after being fully cured from the serious ailment,” he said.
“We came here with zero knowledge of the Golden card but the medical staff guided us and provided the best treatment,” he said.
He urged everyone to get registered for AB-PMJAY SEHAT and avail the benefits of the scheme.
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.