The total number of hospitals covered by this scheme are both Government hospitals and private hospitals presently numbering 16,000 and increasing steadily. More than 50 per cent of the implementing hospitals are in the private sector.
Jaitley said in the first 100 days, 6.85 lakh patients have been provided hospital treatment and 5.1 lakh claims have availed of the scheme, for which payment has been released.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September launched the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana which aims to provide a coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10.74 crore poor families or over 50 crore people for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation through a network of empanelled health care providers
Jaitley said this scheme is a "game changer" in healthcare and will cover 40 per cent of country's population which cannot afford to pay their medical bills.
"Many people from the weaker sections avoided hospital treatment in order to avoid the burden of an unbearable payment. Today 40 per cent of India's poorest are assured of a treatment in a hospital at the cost of public expenditure," he said.
He said although government employees, armed forces personnel and some corporate employees have healthcare support facilities, but 62.58 per cent of the Indian population has to pay their healthcare bills themselves and most find it unaffordable.
He said the launch and implementation of the scheme, which is cashless and paperless, has been relatively problem free.
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