Govt to combine CGHS with Ayushman Bharat

Source: The post is based on the article “Govt to combine CGHS with Ayushman Bharatpublished in Livemint on 21st January 2023.

What is the News?

National Health Authority(NHA) is in the process of integrating the Central Government Health Scheme(CGHS) with Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission(ABDM).

What is the Central Government Health Scheme(CGHS)?

CGHS was started in 1954 with the aim of providing comprehensive healthcare to central government employees and pensioners and their dependent family members. 

The scheme currently covers more than 4.1 million beneficiaries in 75 cities.

What is Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission(ABDM)?

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How is the government planning to integrate CGHS with ABDM?

The government is planning to integrate CGHS with Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission(ABDM). This is aimed at creating digital health identification of CGHS beneficiaries and storing their digital health records, thus ensuring quick treatment to the needy.

Under this process, beneficiaries’ CGHS numbers will be mapped with ABHA numbers and digital linking of all health will be recorded. 

What is Ayushman Bharat Health Account(ABHA)?

ABHA is a 14-digit number that allows citizens to access and manage their medical records digitally. 

It creates comprehensive medical history across healthcare providers with citizens sharing relevant health records with ABDM-registered healthcare providers digitally.


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