PM Modi likely to launch umbrella healthcare programme on August 15

Prime Minister Narendra Modi may unveil an umbrella healthcare programme on 15 August that will subsume existing flagship schemes, three officials aware of the plans said. The new scheme, tentatively called the PM Samagra Swasthya Yojana, will aim to provide universal access to equitable, affordable and quality healthcare.

Apart from this, Modi will also launch two more schemes—Heal by India to send doctors abroad to perform medical procedures; and Heal in India to promote medical tourism in the country, the officials cited above said on the condition of anonymity.

The Samagra Swasthya Yojana will absorb schemes, including PM Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY), Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM), and PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM).

The new umbrella scheme will be a rebranding of the National Health Mission (NHM), or an advanced version of it, said a government official, one of the three people cited above.