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How PMJAY could transform India's healthcare (and spell 'jay' for the govt too)

The scheme will be a game-changer for India's people and politicians too. But only if it gets past five major hurdles.

A month ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched India’s largest health insurance scheme. Now called the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) — it has gone through a record public name-changing (more below) — the scheme needs to cross five hurdles to deliver outcomes and catalyse India’s journey towards delivering an effective healthcare system.

pm modiThe PMJAY is one of PM Modi's most ambitious schemes yet. (Credit: Screengrab/YouTube)

In our recent paper titled, ‘Crossing Five Hurdles on the Path to Universal Health Coverage’, my colleague Oommen C Kurian and I explore these five hurdles, and argue that PMJAY has the potential to transform two wayward and almost free-for-all sectors — health insurance and healthcare.

This is the first big opportunity to address the problems in both these troubling sectors — and one that Modi, or his successor in May 2019, must follow through.

In theory, the scheme

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