New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday revealed that the beneficiaries under the Government's massive health scheme– Ayushman Bharat had crossed 1 crore in just 2 years of its launch.


Over one crore people have availed treatment worth around Rs 13,412 crore for free in hospitals across the country under the Ayushman Bharat since its launch in September 2018.


Also, 2,132 patients have availed or are currently undergoing treatment for COVID-19 under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (AB-PMJAY) in the country, the National Health Authority (NHA), which is responsible for implementing the scheme, said on Wednesday.


Modi lauded the healthcare workers associated with this scheme saying that the initiative had won the 'trust of the poor and downtrodden'. Adding that one of the biggest benefits of the scheme is 'portability', he said that the scheme helped beneficiaries get top quality medical treatment across the country irrespective of their origin.


Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) was launched on September 23, 2018, as a flagship health assurance scheme of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India.


The Ayushman Bharat Yojana is a scheme of the Indian government's National Health Policy whose focus is to provide free health coverage at the secondary and tertiary level to its bottom 40% poor and vulnerable population. It also provides a cover of Rs 5 lakh per family per year for medical emergencies.