The launch of Ayushman Bharat Yojana at the beginning of this financial year has been a welcome move which will increase access to secondary and tertiary healthcare for the masses.
While this increases access to quality hospital care, there is yet a lack of awareness among people on the importance of pre-hospital care. Citizens should be educated about the importance of emergency healthcare which if administered within the Golden Hour can increase the chances of survival significantly.
With the increase in use of healthcare facilities, there will be a spur in the use of ambulances to access hospitals as well. The Government should consider including ambulance services in the scheme to ensure timely treatment. This would require adding fleet of ambulances to the 108 service to widen reach. Due to the Government’s consistent efforts, the patient to ambulance ratio has reduced from 1:1,00,000 to 1:60,000. In the coming year, we expect that the ratio to be further reduced to meet global standards.
While the Ayushman Bharat Scheme is a great scheme on paper, to implement the yojana effectively, we expect the right allocation of budgets and resources. 2019 is a year where a lot has to be implemented on ground in the healthcare segment and private-public partnerships can go a long way to help achieve this.