Jan Arogya Abhiyan Caters To The Hope & Need Of 500 Million Indians

Getting over 100 million families or 500 million citizens within a single health care system, in a nation like India, is unthinkable without the cooperation of the states with the central government and a thriving IT infrastructure on the back end.

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Jan Arogya Abhiyan Caters To The Hope & Need Of 500 Million Indians

Previously named as Ayushman Bharat, the Jan Arogya Abhiyan caters to the hope and need of the 500 million Indians for whom healthcare remains a challenge even today. Jan Arogya Abhiyan is different from other health programmes.

Getting over 100 million families or 500 million citizens within a single health care system, in a nation like India, is unthinkable without the cooperation of the states with the central government and a thriving IT infrastructure on the back end.

Data, a virtual equivalent of gold as a commodity, is the key to increase the efficiency of the government and the effectiveness of a scheme for the people, for them to complement each other. Pumping resources in any public policy, without an elaborate understanding of the population being served, in this era of digitisation is as good as pushing a wall to get some mechanical work done.

With the implementation of the Aadhaar programme, the nation witnessed the potential leverage in public platforms. Based on four components that ensure presence less, paperless, cashless, and consent-based transactions in the realm of banking, direct benefit transfers, and soon, health care, this is India’s opportunity to create public platforms that are indispensable to the global economy.

Data will be integral in ushering in this transformation. With a population of 1.3 billion, public welfare policies like the Jan Arogya Abhiyan (PM-JAY) should serve lessons about planning, implementation, improvisation and improvement of public platforms, for the success of any public platform will largely depend on how well it helps the scheme it was designed for.

Unlike direct benefit transfers, the nature of the Jan Arogya Abhiyan is not linear, i.e. there are multiple variables involved. Under the Direct Benefit Transfer programme, beneficiaries were being helped with resources for any single commodity, for instance, the money to purchase fertilisers. Jan Arogya offers a cover instead for a family which must not be confused with the amount credited.

The raw data gained from the Jan Arogya Abhiyan (PM-JAY) would be humungous in proportions. With over a 150,000 thousand health centres, 500 million beneficiaries, the involvement of health experts from both the public and private sector, covers for secondary and tertiary hospitalisation, coverage for pre-existing diseases, and hundreds of other aspects, the Jan Arogya Abhiyan will garner data which shall require elaborate expertise to be transformed into meaningful knowledge. Ideally, the government must consider setting up a ministry for data after 2019.

Aadhaar, even in its coverage of 99 per cent of the population offers no meaningful insights, for it’s more of a component to aid services like direct benefit transfers or Jan Dhan Yojana. Jan Arogya Abhiyan (PM-JAY), even in its coverage of 500 million Indians shall garner enough insights for the agencies to prepare before they cover the remaining 800 million Indians to unify national health coverage for the entire nation or one-sixth of the world.

Apart from looking at Jan Arogya Abhiyan (PM-JAY) as a gateway to creating public platforms for the world, it is essential to look into the underlying objectives of its philosophy. By taking the bank to every house through the Jan Dhan Yojana, India has created an infrastructure that can ensure a ‘personalised credit experience’ in rural areas.

With Jan Arogya Abhiyan (PM-JAY), the objective is to offer a ‘personalised healthcare experience’ for a particular district, depending on its geography, region prone to certain calamities like floods, and consequentially at an individual level.

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