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PM Modi hails Ayushman Bharat scheme at UNGA

PM Modi at UNGA. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi Sep 27, 2019, 07.35 PM (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the government's flagship scheme, Ayushman Bharat while addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday.

Speaking at the UNGA, the PM Modi said:  "When a developing country runs successfully the world's largest health insurance scheme, provides free health check-up of five lakh to around 50 crore people of the country, the arrangements made with it give a motivational message to the entire world."

During his speech, the Indian prime minister also stressed that the country will be free from tuberculosis by 2025.

"India will be tuberculosis free by 2025. We have opened 5,000 special pharmacies," he said.

"India has given insurance to 5,00,000 people. 500 million poor people have been given medical facilities. Around 800 varieties of vital medicines have been made available."

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AB-PMJAY is the flagship scheme of the government that provides cover of up to Rs 5 lakhs per family per year, for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization to over 10.74 crore vulnerable entitled families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries).

Last year on September 23, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched PM-JAY from Ranchi, Jharkhand.

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Speaking at the UNGA, the PM said,  'When a developing country runs successfully the world's largest health insurance scheme, provides free health check-up of five lakh to around 50 crore people of the country, the arrangements made with it give a motivational message to the entire world'