Ayushman Bharat scheme likely to create over 11 lakh jobs in the next few years
At an event recently commemorating the one year anniversary of Ayushman Bharat Scheme’s launch, PM Modi framed his government’s flagship health insurance scheme as a boost for employment opportunity.
He said that in the next 5 to 7 years, over 11 lakh jobs will potentially be generated making it the second-largest employment creator after the railway sector.
In the last one year, around 50,000 poor people have benefitted from the scheme and availed better health facilities outside their district and states.
The two main pillars of the Ayushman Bharat Scheme are AB- PMJAY (Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana) and AB-HWCs (Health and Wellness Centres). The former aims to cover the medical expenses of over 10 crore underprivileged and poor people. It provides a coverage of up to Rs 5 lakh per family/year for secondary and tertiary hospitalisation.
AB-HWC scheme envisages the conversion of around 1.5 lakhs sub-centres and primary health centres to health and wellness centres by 2022. It plans to provide affordable health care to the community without compromising on the quality and equity.
Talking about the journey of AB-PMJAY scheme, PM Modi said that every land, ornament or any other items that were saved from being sold for medical treatment indicates the success of Ayushman India.
With the increasing demands in small cities, so is the modern medical infrastructure network. Modi described Ayushman Bharat Scheme as a “collective solution for the whole of India as well as for a holistic solution for a healthy India.”
India aims to reach a US $5 trillion economy by 2024 and with the talks of job opportunities under the scheme, it has created a roadmap not only for the health sector but the overall economy of India.