Madhya Pradesh illness fund to be merged with Ayushman Bharat scheme

  • | Friday | 14th September, 2018

Ayushman aims to cover 10cr familiesBHOPAL: The ‘state illness assistance fund’ will no longer exist in Madhya Pradesh after Ayushman Bharat comes into effect on September 25. The two schemes cannot run separately, she said.Officials say Ayushman Bharat will cover 70% of MP’s population and will be more effective than the state scheme, which ran for about 21 years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Bhopal on that day to launch the scheme and inaugurate the secretariat annexe building. The state has completed its formalities for the purpose, sources said, adding that around Rs 10 crore that is left with state illness assistance fund will be pumped into Ayushman Bharat.Gauri Singh, additional chief secretary of public health and family welfare department, confirmed that the illness assistance fund will be merged with Ayushman Bharat. However, officials pointed that it may increase the state’s dependence on the Centre.Ayushman Bharat, the biggest health financing scheme in the world, aims to cover 10 crore poor families.

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