Ayushman Arogya Mandir

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Recently, the Union Government has decided to rename the existing Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs) as ‘Ayushman Arogya Mandir.

About Ayushman Arogya Mandir

  • The Central government of India in 2018 announced that 1.5 lakh HWCs would be created in the country by transforming existing sub health centres and primary health centres to deliver comprehensive primary health care and declared this as one of the two components of Ayushman Bharat.
  • It was decided the Centre would provide 60% of the funding and, in turn, states would follow its design manual.
  • Till date 1.61 lakh AB-HWCs have been made functional across the country which is higher than the initial target.
  • The AB-HWCs provide maternal and child healthcare services; first level care for emergencies and trauma, including free drugs and diagnostic services, among other things.
  • The new tag-line of AB-HWCs is Arogyam Parmam Dhanam’.

Key facts about Ayushman Bharat (AB)

  • The union government in 2018 announced two major initiatives in the health sector, as part of Ayushman Bharat programme.
    • Curative care - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY): For hospitalisation at secondary- and tertiary-level private hospitals
    • Primary care - Health and Wellness Centres (HWC): To strengthen primary healthcare
  • PMJAY will provide a cover of up to Rs. 5 lakhs per family per year to poor and vulnerable people, for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.
  • The National Health Authority (NHA) is responsible for the implementation of PMJAY.

Q1) What is the National Health Claim Exchange (NHCX) ?

It is a digital health claims platform developed by the National Health Authority.It will serve as a gateway for exchanging claims-related information among various stakeholders in the healthcare and health insurance ecosystem.

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