Prices of stents decreased by 80%-90%, knee implants by 60%-70%: PM Modi

In his interaction with the beneficiaries of Jan Aushadhi Yojana, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday, said that the number of centres, or kendras, dispensing affordable generic version of expensive, patented, medicines will increase to 5000 from the current 3,600.

“Each Indian stakeholder in healthcare. Cleanliness is the first step towards this and Swachh Bharat is making strides in this area, ” he said adding that Yoga is one way of improving health and it should become a part of daily life.

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He interacted with those who have got knee implants, undergone operation for cardiac stents and dialysis.

Main points of his interaction

  • Stent prices have been reduced by 80%-85%. Decreased from 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh earlier to about Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 now.
  • Cost of knee implants has fallen 60%-70%, from more than 2.5 lakh earlier, it is now between Rs 50,000 to Rs 80,000.
  • Estimated 1 lakh to 1.5 lakh knee implants take place in the country. Reduction in the price of implants has led to a collective saving of Rs 1,500 crore.
  • To provide relief to kidney patients more than 2.5 lakh dialysis sessions (for 1.5 lakh – 2 lakh people) under Pradhan Mantri Dialysis Programme have been administered at minimal price.

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  • India will eradicate tuberculosis five years ahead for the global goal 2030, with the free medication and check-up camps organised in every part of the country.
  • For affordable medicines Jan Aushadhi Yojana was launched reducing prices of medicines from 70%-80%.
  • 3,600 Jan Aushadhi Kendras opened will increase to 5,000 soon
  • More than 700 generic medicines available at affordable prices
  • 23 special categories  of medicines are available at cheaper price
  • Prices of blood pressure and diabetes have decreased
  • Under Mission Indradhanush 3.15 lakh children and more than 80 lakh pregnant women have been vaccinated in 538 districts .
  • Number of seats in medical colleges have been increased by 15,000, so that number of doctors in the country rises.
  • Ayushman Bharat, also called Modicare, the largest insurance scheme in the in the world introduced.
  • 10 crore families, or 50 crore people, will get insurance of Rs 5 lakh under this scheme. The first stage has been launched.
  • About 1.5 lakh healthcare centres will be set up under Ayushman Bharat, so that people dont have to travel too far to get medical help.
  • Prevention of disease through Swachh Bharat and other schemes – 3.5 lakh villages are open defecation free.
  • Ayurvedic medical colleges have been opened

He spoke to people across the country starting with Cuttack followed by Ramgarh (Jharkhand), Lucknow, Alwar Tenali (Andhra Pradeh) and Chota Udepur (Gujarat).

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