November 11, 2019
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.