Hyderabad: A post claiming that Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission is providing Rs. 5 lakh along with benefits to those applying for their health cards is going viral on social media.
The post reads, "Free 5 lakh rupees health card Ayushman health card. You can also apply and get health benefits. This will get OTP on the mobile number which is linked to the Aadhar card number and Aadhar card. The process has to be completed by entering OTP. You will receive the card within 2 minutes of applying by clicking on the link (sic)."
The claim is false.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) on 27 September 2021. It is also known as Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM). Under the Mission, every citizen will get a digital health ID and their health record will be digitally protected. (Source: Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana website)
Citizens can access medical records related to their health online through this ID. By doing so, citizens can get health-related information. Similarly, healthcare companies have launched this mission with the intention of providing better health services to citizens through this data. ((Source: Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission)
Anyone can get this digital health ID. It is also possible for citizens to keep their data confidential. However, as stated in the post, it is not true that people will get Rs. 5 lakh through this ID. There are no special cash benefits.
The Central government launched the Ayushman Bharat programme, now known as the Prime Minister's Jan Arogya Yojana, in 2018. It aims to provide health cover of Rs. 5 lakhs per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization to over 10.74 crores poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) that form the bottom 40% of the Indian population. The households included are based on the deprivation and occupational criteria of Socio-Economic Caste Census 2011 (SECC 2011) for rural and urban areas, respectively.
However, the health cards mentioned in the post have nothing to do with the Rs. 5 lakh health insurance offered by Aayushman Bharat. Even those who do not have this digital health card can avail of benefits under Aayushman Bharat.
Hence, the claim that Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission is providing Rs. 5 lakh along with benefits to those applying for its health cards is false.