PM-JAY to include cancer treatment soon, say health officials

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  1. The National Health Authority is planning to include all types of cancer and its treatments under Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY).
  2. According to the WHO, the rate of mortality due to cancer in India is high. It is the second-most common disease in India and is responsible for maximum mortality (0.3 million deaths per year).
  3. The estimated number of people living with cancer is around 2.25 million. Further, over 11 lakh new cancer patients are registered each year
  4. Lung cancer is the most common type of cancer in India, followed by breast cancer and oral cancers.
  5. Ayushman Bharat Yojana- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) is the Central Government’s health insurance scheme. It aims to give medical cover to over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families of approximately 50 crore beneficiaries.
  6. It provides a coverage of up to ₹5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation. The benefit cover includes pre and post hospitalisation expenses.
  7. National Health Authority is the implementing body of PM-JAY health insurance scheme.