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Netherlands Wants to Emulate India's Major Health Initiatives - ABDM & ABPM-JAY

Written by : Aishwarya Sarthe

August 29, 2023

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Dutch officials recently visited the National Health Authority's offices to explore insights as the Netherlands plans to introduce a genetic passport identifying citizens' hereditary disease susceptibility.

Dutch health officials have recently embarked on a collaborative initiative with their Indian counterparts to gain insights into effective healthcare strategies.

As reported by LiveMint, the focus of the discussions was to explore the operational dynamics of India's notable healthcare programs, namely the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) and the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM).

The Dutch government's interest in introducing a digital genetic passport for its citizens prompted the discussions.

Representatives from the Netherlands visited the offices of the National Health Authority (NHA) last week to delve into the workings of India's healthcare initiatives and gain a deeper understanding of their implementation.

One of the key aspects of this collaborative exchange was the introduction of the Dutch officials to the multifaceted endeavors of the NHA. The AB PM-JAY initiative, a flagship program under Ayushman Bharat, aims to provide comprehensive health coverage of INR 5 Lakh per family per annum to approximately 500 million economically disadvantaged individuals, constituting 40% of the population.

Moreover, the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission seeks to establish a digital health identification system for each Indian citizen, facilitating secure access to their health records based on their consent. 

The Dutch delegation showed a notable interest in this visionary initiative as they contemplated the implementation of a genetic passport for their citizens.

An Indian official revealed that the Dutch initiative aims to identify their citizens' genetic predispositions to hereditary diseases. The insights from India's digital health mission could provide valuable perspectives to the Dutch efforts in this area.

The collaboration between Dutch delegates and Indian authorities underscores the cross-border interest in innovative healthcare models. 

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