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  • National Health Authority (NHA) and National Cancer Grid (NCG) have signed an MoU under the Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY).


  • The main objective of this collaboration includes developing uniform standards of patient care for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer; providing specialised training and education in oncology, and facilitating collaborative basic, translational and clinical research in cancer,”
  • “The partnership with the National Cancer Grid will bring in experts to enhance the cancer care services provided under AB-PMJAY.”
  • The NHA and NCG will now jointly review existing cancer treatment packages, pricing of services, and standard treatment workflows covered under the AB-PMJAY, and
  • plug-in necessary gaps to ensure enhanced quality of cancer care.
  • The NCG will work closely with the NHA to rationalise payment rates for different benefit packages and treatment/diagnosis plans, and also explore mechanisms to signal the right incentives to providers to ensure quality through pricing mechanisms.

Aayusman bharat

  • Creating a network of health and wellness infrastructure across the nation (for primary health care services). Provide insurance cover to minimum 40% of India’s total population (for secondary and tertiary healthcare services).
  • Beneficiaries of heath insurance under the scheme will include 50 crore economically weak citizens of India as defined in the social, economic and ethnic census 2011 database. It will cover both rural (8.03 crore) and urban (2.33 crore) families. Ayushman Bharat will subsume the existing Rashtriya Sawasthya Bima Yojna, launched in 2008 and the Senior Citizens Health Insurance Scheme. It will provide a benefit cover of Rs 5 lakh/year/family.
  • Expenses incurred will be shared between Centre and States in 60:40 ratio.
  • The Government aims to open 5 lakh health and wellness centre by 2022 that will be equipped to treat various diseases. Cashless benefits will be allowed from any public or private empanelled hospitals. Such empanelled hospitals will have ‘Ayushman Mitra’ to assist patients. Benefits can be availed from any place in India and no hospital can refuse treatment under this scheme.
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