InvestorQ : Is the treatment of COVID-19 covered under the Ayushman Bharat scheme of government?
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Is the treatment of COVID-19 covered under the Ayushman Bharat scheme of government?

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Anisha Awate answered.
5 months ago


The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) or Ayushman Bharat is an initiative by the government under which it provides free health coverage at the secondary and tertiary levels to the poor. This is among one of the largest and fully state-sponsored health insurance and is said to cover more than 10.74 crores of poor and other lower-income families.

As per the latest announcement, the National Health Authority (NHA) has decided to cover COVID-19 treatment of the poorest of poor in private hospitals under the said scheme. The beneficiary of the said scheme would be able to get himself tested for COVID-19 in any impaneled private hospital, without any cost. In cases where COVID-19 suspected patients are to be kept in isolation in private rooms, the same shall also be a part of the benefit of the scheme.

Apart from the above-mentioned reliefs, the NHA has also decided to cover the cost of treatment under its viral infection packages. It has also worked out some additional packages for respiratory distress, where the patient needs intensive care in more serious cases.