Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 15 December 2020

In Today’s News:

  1. PM-JAY


News Summary

Data released by the National Health Agency has shown that there are more takers for the Private Healthcare under PM-JAY and also mostly patients seeking care at private hospitals tend to be older and mostly men constitute part of such facilities.

Prelims GS – Governance(Health)

  • PM-JAY is the world’s largest health insurance/ assurance scheme fully financed by the government.
  • It provides a cover of Rs. 5 lakhs per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization across public and private empanelled hospitals in India.
  • Over 10.74 crore poor and vulnerable entitled families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) are eligible for these benefits.
  • PM-JAY provides cashless access to health care services for the beneficiary at the point of service, that is, the hospital.
  • PM-JAY envisions to help mitigate catastrophic expenditure on medical treatment which pushes nearly 6 crore Indians into poverty each year.
  • It covers up to 3 days of pre-hospitalization and 15 days post-hospitalization expenses such as diagnostics and medicines.
  • There is no restriction on family size, age, or gender.
  • All pre-existing conditions are covered from day one.
  • Benefits of the scheme are portable across the country i.e. a beneficiary can visit any empanelled public or private hospital in India to avail of cashless treatment.
  • Services include approximately 1,393 procedures covering all the costs related to treatment, including but not limited to drugs, supplies, diagnostic services, physician’s fees, room charges, surgeon charges, OT and ICU charges, etc.
  • Public hospitals are reimbursed for the healthcare services at par with the private hospitals.

Click here to know more about PM-JAY on the official website.



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