Srinagar: Asserting that the government wants the healthcare system in of Jammu and Kashmir to be the best in the country, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Tuesday directed officials to ensure that the benefits of the JK Health Insurance scheme reaches all the people in the Union Territory.
Chairing a meeting on Tuesday to review the core features of the JK Health Insurance scheme and the process of approvals of golden cards, Sinha stressed on extending the benefits of the scheme to all the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir, an official spokesperson said. The LG, he said directed the concerned officers to take comprehensive measures to ensure the coverage of each and every family of the UT under the scheme, not covered by Ayushman Bharat.
“We are aiming to improve the health care system of J&K to make it best in the country and to provide universal health Insurance coverage to all the residents of the Union Territory,” LG, as per official spokesperson said.
During the meeting, the spokesperson said it was informed that the entitlement based health scheme is an operational extension of Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna(AB PM-JAY) under which an insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh will be provided per family per year to all residents of J&K, covering 15 Lakh additional families.
“The benefits of the JK Health Scheme will be portable across the country in more than 23,000 hospitals under 1,589 packages,” the official spokesperson said.
He said that the LG maintained that the government was facilitating affordable healthcare facilities for the overall welfare of its residents and all the stakeholders must work in a coordinated manner to ensure that its benefits percolate to each and every resident hassle-free.
The official spokesperson said that it was informed that a robust mechanism has been laid for the inclusion of families, as may be missing from Socio-Economic Caste Census-2011 (SECC-2011) data.
He added that while reviewing the status of registrations under JKHS, Sinha directed massive awareness regarding the New Health Scheme for JKUT, through print and electronic media. He said that the LG also directed for increasing the magnitude of registrations and called for 100% saturation of the Ayushman Bharat scheme so that the maximum population can avail of its benefits.
“Reaching out to the people with sincere efforts like the JK Health Insurance scheme will play a significant role in achieving the Government’s objective of providing quality and accessible healthcare services to the people of J&K,” LG, as per official spokesperson said.
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