February 8, 2023

BENGALURU EXPRESS

Truth Triumphs

One crore Ayushman Bharat cards to be issued in the state by December: Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar

Over 50% of the eligible population in the state to receive the Ayushman Bhatat cards by December

Bangalore, November 14: Over 1 crore Ayushman Bharat-Arogya Karnataka cards, which cover 50% of the eligible population of Karnataka, will be distributed by December, said Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar.

Speaking to reporters, Minister Sudhakar said that one crore cards have been prepared in a very short period of time. Karnataka has emerged as a model state in the whole country in terms of distributing Ayushman Bharat cards. Ayushman Bharat cards will be distributed soon to all eligible people under the leadership of Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai.

Karnataka has been proactive in extending its healthcare services and providing the best possible health coverage to all its residents. With the aim of Universal Health Coverage, Karnataka launched the Arogya Karnataka scheme on March 2 to provide free and cashless primary, secondary and tertiary health care for all the BPL patients with a family floater limit of Rs. 2 Lakhs / year /family and 30% subsidised co-payment package to APL patients in higher Government and Empanelled Private Hospitals. This ensures families are protected from catastrophic health expenditure. The scheme provided coverage for 1530 in patient procedures.

Chikkabalapur, Haveri and Bangaluru Rural districts have performed exceedingly well and registrations have already reached around 1/3rd of their target population.

The Health Department officials are successfully campaigning and educating people to register for the cards. As of November 11, registration of one crore cards has been successfully completed. Such a significant achievement is due to the joint efforts of District Collectors, Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officers, District Health Officers and District Leprosy Department officers. Minister Sudhakar also stated that DHOs and DLOs are also conducting regular progress checks.

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