Ayushmann CAPF, a joint initiative of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), was launched by Shri Amit Shah, Union Minister for Home Affairs, to provide cashless health services under the direction of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) to all Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel and their dependents.
Dr. Aggarwal points out that while the more than 35 lakh officers, CAPF workers most often posted away from their families and dependents, will now have access to a wider network of super specialty care facilities as required, explaining how the scheme is a win-win for all stakeholder
The government will benefit with better fraud analytics, enhanced bargaining power resulting in savings to the exchequer, better data for long term policy planning etc.
The joint initiative is relevant as it is a precursor to further initiatives of this nature. Dr. Aggarwal addresses the work being done to bring together “in the near future” at least 7-8 current schemes and health packages of other ministries into the AB-PMJAY. Finally, it provides an update on the “missing middle” plans and how the role of private health care providers in all these initiatives, especially over the COVID-19 pandemic, has increased over the past two years.