Over 20 lakh ‘gold cards’ issued under PM health insurance scheme in Jammu region
“To date, 20.46 lakh gold cards have been issued. At least one member of 6.68 Lakh families has received a gold card in the Jammu area, ”an official said.
The Jammu and Kashmir Department of Health has so far issued more than 20.24 lakh “ gold cards ” under the Ayushman Bharat-PMJAY-Sehat program in the Jammu division to provide a Annual health insurance coverage of up to 5 lakh, an official said on Monday.
Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (AB-PMJAY), a universal health insurance scheme, was launched on December 1, 2018 to provide coverage at around 3.17 lakh below the poverty line (BPL) in the division of Jammu.
With a view to providing universal health coverage, the AB-PMJAY-Sehat program was designed and deployed on the territory of the Union in convergence with the AB-PMJAY program from December 26 of last year, said the Financial Commissioner for Health and Medical Education Atal Dulloo.
“To date, 20.46 lakh gold cards have been issued. At least one member of 6.68 Lakh families has received a gold card in the Jammu area, ”he said.
It provides health insurance coverage of up to ₹ 5 lakh per family per year on a floating basis to 7.14 lakh additional families in Jammu division, Mr Dulloo said.
Thus, around 10.31 Lakh families in the division are currently enjoying the benefits of the scheme, he said.
No less than 92 hospitals have been established by the government under this program, Dulloo said.
As part of the Ayushman Bharat program, 599 Health and Welfare Centers (HWCs) were established in Jammu Division to provide comprehensive primary health care, including universal screening for common noncommunicable diseases such as cancer and diabetes, he said.
Mr Dulloo said about 39,000 patients have received 108 ambulance services since the program began, and those patients include 5,498 people infected with COVID-19.
While 102-108 ambulance services have been made operational since March 2020, 226 ambulances – 42 Advanced Life Support, 33 Basic Life Support and 151 others – have been connected to provide 24-hour transport facilities for patients requiring immediate medical attention. the Jammu division, Mr. Dulloo said.
This service was also used during the COVID-19 pandemic period.