It’s a longstanding debate as to whether Gujarat’s development story is real or an exaggeration. What’s undeniable is the success of Ayushman Yojana, a national public health insurance scheme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Numbers don’t lie, and the state can proudly claim to have 1.67 crore Ayushman Yojana card holders. The annual income of the family should not be more than Rs 3 lakhs to be eligible to become an Ayushman Card holder.
Since 2018, 1,67,38,600 beneficiaries from Gujarat have availed of this health cover, making the state third highest in the number of Ayushman Yojana card holders. About 34 lakh claims have been registered under the Ayushman Card in Gujarat, making the state the fourth in the country in this category. However, in cases of receiving claim payments, Gujarat ranks first with Rs 6,589 crore settled claims.
The scheme is intended to help poor and middle-class families lead their lives with dignity even if they battle severe health crises.
Taking this step forward, the state government has decided to increase the health insurance cover from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh.
Additionally, the Gujarat government recently implemented the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana) scheme by integrating it with Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Ayushman Yojana and Maa Yojana. As a result, the scope of health insurance coverage has increased in the state.
Gujarat has made services ranging from surgery to treatment free of cost for 1,974 government hospitals. As many as 853 private hospitals in Gujarat are registered under the Ayushman card.