Author : Suhani Prakash
Pathways School, Gurgaon, India
In recent years, the lack of available healthcare for the poorer sections of Indian society has come to the world’s attention. To combat this, the Indian government launched The Ayushman Bharat Yojana Scheme. Its aim is to make healthcare more accessible for all and provide universal health coverage. The goal of this investigation is to explore the impacts of this initiative since its launch in 2018 through the research question: How has the Ayushman Bharat Yojana Scheme impacted healthcare conditions in rural India since 2018? This was explored by comparing available medical facilities before and after the scheme was launched, as well as the number of hospitals empanelled and the number of e-cards availed. Most evidence was gathered using secondary sources like official Indian government websites and LiveMint. Such statistics were analysed and further interpreted to assess the impact and efficiency of the government program. The conclusion reached is that there have been significant efforts to administer hospitals and treatments. Considerable progress has been made in terms of e-cards issued and value treatments. However, there is still a gap in the number of empanelled hospitals and the number of active ones. This indicates an inefficient use of resources, which should be addressed.