The Central and Western Railways are among the latest of agencies have associated themselves with spreading the message of PM-JAY Ayushman Bharat initiative.
The Ministry Railways had signed an MoU with the National Health Authority at the start of the year. As part of this partnership, a total of 91 railways' hospitals covering 17 zones across India would offer a clutch of medical services. Some of these services range from general medicine to surgery, pediatrics, orthopeadics, and gynaecology.
The Pradhan Mantri Jan Aayog Yojana covers vaious ailments. Among key features of the scheme includes a health cover of up to Rs 5 lakhs per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation. All pre-existing conditions are covered from day one. The scheme covers up to 3 days of pre-hospitalization and post-hospitalization expenses such as diagnostics and medicines.
Western Railways on June 1 played a major role. A one-day camp placed inside Mumbai Central and Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Railway station (CST) as Common-service center helped identify beneficiaries to the scheme. Officials suggest as many as 550 beneficiaries reportedly attended the camp.
According to the railways, such one-day camps have been setup to increase awareness on the benefits delivered by the scheme. Visitors to the camps, which also includes a large number of contract-workers of Railways, will hlp verify scheme eligibility and getting beneficiary cards.
Recipients of beneficiary cards can approach the Railway hospitals to get a host of ailments detected and cured.
Dr. Sudhakar Shinde, CEO for State Health Agency, Maharashtra was quoted as saying in a note, "We are excited about our collaboration with the central and western railways!We welcome their support in enabling us to reach out to a larger vulnerable population and drive awareness about PMJAY Ayushman Bharat. We deeply appreciate their support in aiding us to expand our network by empaneling its hospitals with us."
Dr. Prasanna Kumar, Principal Chief Medical Director, Central Railways and Dr Vilas Gunda, Principal Chief Medical Director, Western Railways highlighted that this partnership with the National Health Authority was a step forward in enabling quality healthcare and access to the patients.
In fact, Gunda also explained that the families of Railways employees was already covered under the PM-JAY scheme. With the new orientation camps, the focus was on getting more contractual labourers to sign-up with the scheme.
Covering workers and employees associated with PSUs such as Railways could offer a significant boost to the total number of insured within the scheme. The Railways, according to a 2015 statistics, had a total staff-size of 14 lakh.
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