Why in news?

  • Ayushman Bharat entails diverting limited resources towards wasteful areas, ignoring productive fields in public health
  • Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme (AB-NHPS),  aims to provide insurance cover to nearly 50 crore poor Indians.
  • Government is keen in identifying the fraud beneficiaries which could divert the resources.
  • Recently, 171 hospitals were reported to have been de-empanelled from the AB-NHPS on charges of fraud, which also included the issuance of fake e-cards and the manipulation of claims.
  • A first information report was lodged against a few hospitals and multiple show cause notices were issued.

Allocations to AB – NHPS

allocation for the AB-NHPS for 2019-20 would have covered less than a quarter of the targeted beneficiaries. For 2020-21, there has been a paltry increase in health-care sector allocation (5.7% above 2019-20 RE), while the allocation for the AB-NHPS is unchanged

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