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Lokha Sabha discusses changes in Ayushman Bharat plan

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During the question hour, BJP MP Rajeev Pratap Rudy emphasised the difficulties experienced by the poor in receiving treatment under the Ayushman Bharat plan and urged for a policy reform in the scheme. Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of Health, responded in the House.

Rajeev Pratap Rudy, a BJP MP from Saran in Bihar, was questioned on the Ayushman Bharat initiative during the Lok Sabha’s question hour on Friday. Rudy stated that impoverished areas such as Bihar, where a huge number of people benefit from the programmes, are experiencing difficulties. When a poor person is taken to a hospital for treatment, he is requested to provide an estimate. An estimate of three lakhs is supplied, the money hits his account, and if his expenditure exceeds four lakhs, he receives five lakhs. Where will he get the money?

He further stated that when the poor returns to the hospital, he is told that the hospital has not yet received the money from the previous visit. Rudy stated that only a guarantee certificate guaranteeing you would receive the money should be supplied. A policy decision is required in this regard.

In response, the Health Minister stated that by amending the programme, we included a clause that if five and a half lakh is spent, another five lakh should be supplied. The remaining funds might be provided by state governments as well.

He also mentioned simplifying the process of approving the estimate online and providing power solely to state governments, and he stated that if there is any error or need for modification in the plan, we would make adjustments to it.

Harsimrat Kaur highlighted the issue of Amrit Pharmacy’s 20% profit margin at Bathinda AIIMS, claiming that the counters there harass patients. In response, Mansukh Mandaviya stated that Amrit Pharmacy is not run for profit. He stated that it is our goal to make more drugs available there.

He stated that the trade price of 95 cancer drugs, which were previously accessible for 9,000 to 10,000, has been set.

In the country, around 9000 Jan Aushadhi Kendras are operational, where low-cost medications are made available. This concept was developed at the 2008 Congress but was never implemented. Every day, 10 lakh people attend the Jan Aushadhi Kendra. Every Lok Sabha constituency should have a Jan Aushadhi Kendra.

In response to Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary’s inquiry, the Health Minister stated that we pay money to the state government. Under the National Health Mission, the centre contributes 60% of the funds, while the state government contributes 40%. Because the Bengal government has not provided an update on the amount spent, the statistic cannot be updated.

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