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A video primer on India’s pathbreaking PM-JAY

Providing health insurance to the poor and vulnerable as step towards UHC


This 5-minute film sheds light on India’s health care reform and the country’s path towards Universal Health Coverage. Officials from India’s central and state governments as well as PM-JAY beneficiaries whose medical costs were covered and GIZ project staff share their perspective on the scheme and their experiences with it.

In September 2018, the Indian government launched the world’s largest completely government funded health insurance scheme - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) – which allows 500 million people to access healthcare services free of cost. It subsumes the predecessor insurance scheme called Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) and significantly expands health insurance coverage for the poor and vulnerable population including informally employed workers and their families. GIZ’s Indo-German Social Security Programme has been advising the Indian Government on the design and implementation of RSBY and now PM-JAY from the start.

Nishant Jain and Susanne Ziegler
June 2019

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