With Health Ministry arms not on same page, who will give a helping hand to these cancer patients? -Maitri Porecha

-The Hindu Business Line

Govt’s Wellness Centres have identified over 37,000 patients, but can they be treated under Ayushman Bharat with their data not shared with NHA?

The Union Health Ministry has identified thousands of new cancer patients, but is unable to treat them. Reason: Its own departments are not coordinating among themselves, and the patients are left high and dry.

On February 21, the Ministry released startling statistics that it had identified 37,768 new cancer cases — 13,747 of oral cancer, 12,098 cases of breast cancer and 11,923 of cervicalcancer. These new cases were detected while screening 1.3 crore men and women aged over 30 in newly-established health and wellness centres (HWCs) across India.

No data sharing

Data of the new patients has not been shared by the National Health Mission that runs the HWCs with the National Health Authority (NHA), which is in charge of implementing the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) popularly known as Ayushman Bharat.

Officials told BusinessLine that ideally data of the cancer patients should be submitted to the NHA to facilitate their admission under Ayushman Bharat, which provides beneficiaries cashless health insurance of up to ?5 lakh at empanelled public and private hospitals.

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The Hindu Business Line, 13 March, 2019, https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/with-health-ministry-arms-not-on-same-page-who-will-give-a-helping-hand-to-these-cancer-patients/article26524840.ece

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