- 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).
- 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).
- The estimated number of people living with cancer is around 2.25 million. Further, over 11 lakh new cancer patients are registered each year
- Lung cancer is the most common type of cancer in India, followed by breast cancer and oral cancers.
- 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.
- 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.
- National Health Authority is the implementing body of PM-JAY health insurance scheme.
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