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November 11, 2019

Swasthya Sathi scheme better than Ayushman Bharat

Swasthya Sathi scheme better than Ayushman Bharat

Bangla Government’s Swasthya Sathi medical insurance scheme is more people-friendly than the Central Government’s Ayushman Bharat. The Swasthya Sathi Scheme is the brainchild of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and was launched by the Health & Family Welfare Department on December 30, 2016, which is earlier than Ayushman Bharat.

Here’s why Swasthya Sathi scheme is better than Ayushman Bharat:


    Swasthya Sathi   Ayushman Bharat
Funding 100% by State 60% by Centre
Coverage 1.5 crore families 1.12 crore families (notably these have already been covered by Swasthya Sathi)
Mode of implementation Smart card, free of cost No smart card
Cost Smart card is free Rs 30 per person for printout of identity details; therefore, Rs 150 for family of five
Women’s empowerment Smart card Issued in the name of the woman head of family. No such arrangement
Children, and parents of both spouse and self covered
Hospitalisation procedure No delay, because of smart card Procedure slower


Additionally, under the Swasthya Sathi Scheme, the Health Department keeps in touch with the stakeholders and their feedback is taken. The implementation of the scheme has been done in a very transparent manner.