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NHA Organises 'Arogya Manthan' to Celebrate 5 Yrs of Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY & 2 Yrs of ABDM

Written by : Jayati Dubey

September 25, 2023

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This two-day event, was held between September 25-26 at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. It aimed to have in-depth discussions on the challenges, trends, and best practices associated with these two healthcare schemes. 

The National Health Authority (NHA) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) have jointly organised 'Arogya Manthan' to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) and the second anniversary of the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM).  

This two-day event, was scheduled for September 25-26 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, promised insightful discussions and deliberations on challenges, trends, and best practices related to these two transformative healthcare schemes. 

The event today was attended by Union Minister of Health Mansukh Mandaviya, who delivered the keynote address at the Valedictory Session. Prof SP Singh Baghel, Minister of State (Health and FW), Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), Niti Aayog, Sudhansh Pant, Secretary (Health and FW), and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Authority (NHA) were also in attendance.

Minister of State (Health and FW) presided over the inaugural session today. Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar, Minister of State (Health and FW), joined virtually to present her address during the inaugural session. 

The event saw active participation from distinguished dignitaries, including policymakers from various States and Union Territories (UTs), national healthcare experts, and representatives from academia, think tanks, industry, and media.

"Through the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana and Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission schemes, India can and shall deliver Universal Health Coverage in which we get essential services of the highest quality and where there would be no financial stress on the citizens of India", said, Dr V K Paul, Member (Health), NiTi Aayog, today at the inaugural of Arogya Manthan 2023 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY, launched on September 23, 2018, has made significant strides in health, productivity, and prosperity. Through the provision of 5.5 Cr free hospitalisations, valued at INR 69,000 Cr, the scheme has played a crucial role in safeguarding the health of numerous underprivileged families while also mitigating the burden of substantial healthcare expenditures.

The ABDM, introduced on September 17, 2021, is another government initiative to establish a digital highway connecting the various stakeholders within the healthcare ecosystem. Over the past two years, over 45 Cr Ayushman Bharat Health Accounts (ABHA) have been established, with over 30 Cr health records linked to these accounts. The scheme aims to harness digital technologies to fortify healthcare delivery.

Both flagship healthcare schemes share a common goal: to offer accessible, available, affordable, and scalable healthcare, thus realising the vision of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in India.

Arogya Manthan included various panel discussions and interactive sessions covering different facets of AB PM-JAY and ABDM. The program commenced with an inaugural session followed by a plenary session on 'Universal Health Coverage, Convergence, and Digital Health,' in addition to numerous other sessions focused on implementing these two transformative healthcare schemes. 


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