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Discuss the possible potential available for private care providers, innovators and start-ups to partner in the Ayushman Bharat scheme.

Topic:  Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment.

6. Discuss the possible potential available for private care providers, innovators and start-ups to partner in the Ayushman Bharat scheme.  (250 words)

Reference:The Hindu

Why this question:

The launch and expansion of Ayushman Bharat-PM-JAY is a watershed moment for the Indian health-care service delivery ecosystem. The government has taken a big step by rolling out world’s largest and most ambitious publicly funded health-care assurance programme. Thus the question.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must discuss the possible potential available for private care providers, innovators and start-ups to partner in the Ayushman Bharat scheme.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly explain the – Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) and its components.

Body:

Explain that as the scale of this scheme grows, a key area of focus is to expand the secondary and tertiary hospitals empanelled under PM-JAY and ensure their quality and capacity while keeping the costs down. Highlight the possible role that the private care providers, innovators and start-ups can play in notching the scheme up. In the coming years, considering 3% hospitalization of PM-JAY-covered beneficiaries, the scheme is likely to provide treatment to 1.5 crore patients annually. This means physical and human infrastructure capacity would need to be augmented vastly. Then detail upon the potential available for private care providers, innovators and start-ups to partner in the Ayushman Bharat scheme.

Conclusion:

Conclude by highlighting the importance of multi stakeholders approach.