Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries cross 1-crore mark Credit: File image

Shillong: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday called Pooja Thapa — the 1 croreth beneficiary of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana– to check upon her condition.

Thapa, a resident of Umsning in Shillong and a housewife, had to undergo surgery to remove a ureteral stone. Finding difficulty to pay for proper medical treatment, Thapa — a mother of two children and the wife of a soldier — found Ayushman Bharat as her saving grace.

During her conversation with PM Modi, Thapa thanked him for coming up with the scheme.

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In an audio clip shared by the PM, Thapa explains about her stable condition after undergoing a surgery on Tuesday at Nazareth Hospital in Shillong.

PM Modi asked if she had to pay for the medical treatment. Thapa said, “I didn’t have to pay for the surgery and for the medicines. It is because of this scheme that I have been able to go through a successful surgery. And without the scheme card, I would have found it difficult to go for the surgery due to financial conditions.”

PM Modi said, “During my official tours, I would interact with Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries. I would ask them how was the operation. If they faced any challenges, if they had to pay for the treatment and what did the scheme lack? But due to Covid I am not able to make any tours.”

Speaking with her on phone, PM Modi told Thapa that she was the 1 croreth beneficiary of the scheme.

Asking her if she had any suggestion about the scheme, Thapa said, “What suggestion do I give? This is such a good scheme.”

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Thapa thanked the Prime Minister for launching the scheme which has helped her and said that other people in her area are also well aware about the scheme.

PM Modi launched the the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana in September 2018. The scheme has been known as the biggest government-sponsored healthcare scheme in the world.

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