No decision on cataract surgery under Ayushman Bharat: Dr Paul

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Dr Vinod K. Paul releasing knowledge paper

NEW DELHI : The decision on whether to remove one of the “top-selling” treatments — cataract surgery — from the ambit of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY), has been put on hold as of now, said NITI Aayog member Dr Vinod K. Paul.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Annual Summit of NATHEALTH, Dr Paul said, “NITI Aayog is still in discussions. We sent the proposal to include PM-JAY beneficiaries. The discussions are still going on.”

The government had earlier proposed to bring cataract treatment under National Blindness Prevention Programme, a centrally-sponsored scheme that aims to reduce blindness in India.

Dr. Indu Bhushan, CEO, National Health Authority (NHA) said, “Ambitious scheme like Ayushman Bharat needs the energy and innovation spirit of young India. I hope startups will provide us the solutions to bridge the current demand-supply gap and ensure quality service to 500+ million people.”

Dr Bhushan stated, “Our main objective to organize carnival of healthcare was to showcase an enabling healthcare innovation ecosystem that supports healthcare innovators and provides them with opportunities to partner and scale.”

“We have already agreed to create the future of Indian healthcare through better collaboration with Government. We aim to provide support to innovation through startups by leveraging our members' product and technology expertise, global network and capital partners,” said Dr. Sudarshan Ballal, President, NATHEALTH.

“The NATHEALTH- NHA initiative is a great step in that direction and one of the several value-adding initiatives of NATHEALTH to Indian and global healthcare,” said Mr. Amit Mookim who is the leader for the NATHEALTH Innovation and Entrepreneurship Track.


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