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.