Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates congratulated Indian government for the achievements made by the Ayushman Bharat healthcare scheme in its first 100 days. The healthcare scheme is also known as Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY).
“Congratulations to the Indian government on the first 100 days of @AyushmanNHA. It’s great to see how many people have been reached by the program so far,” Gates tweeted, tagging the prime minister’s office. Gates retweeted central minister JP Nadda’s tweet containing a media report on Ayushman Bharat Scheme.
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) January 17, 2019
In reply, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Bill Gates, saying the scheme stems out of the government’s commitment to providing top quality and affordable healthcare to the poor.
Thank you Mr. Bill Gates for your appreciation.
Ayushman Bharat stems out of our commitment to provide top quality and affordable healthcare to the poor.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 17, 2019
Big achievement of the world’s biggest healthcare scheme
BJP government had launched the scheme on September 23, 2018. Data says that 6,85,000 beneficiaries have availed free healthcare in the first 100 days of the scheme.
Replying to Bill Gates’ tweet the prime minister said, the first 100 days have been remarkable. “Large number of people benefited and lot more will in the coming days.’
The insurance scheme aims to provide an annual health cover of Rs 5 Lakh per family for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization. Ayushman Bharat will benefit about 100 million poor households and has been described by the government as the world’s largest healthcare scheme.
Before Ayushman Bharat, Rajasthan’s former Vasundhara Raje government had rolled out similar scheme naming- Bhamashah Swasthya Beema Yojana (BSBY), which has emerged as the most successful public healthcare flagship by any chief minister of a state in India.