Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Nidhi (PMSSN) – UPSC Prelims

  • The Union Cabinet approves the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Nidhi (PMSSN).
  • This program will ensure access to universal & affordable health care through a fund that does not lapse at the end of the financial year.
  • Features: 
    • It has been set up as a single non-lapsable reserve fund for a share of Health.
    • It will be made from the share of health in the proceeds of Health and Education Cess.
    • The fund will be administered and maintained by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
  • Finance Minister announced the 4% Health and Education Cess during the Budget 2018-19. It replaced the existing 3% Education Cess.
  • How will the fund be utilised? The fund will be utilized for the following flagship schemes of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare:
    • Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY)
    • Ayushman Bharat – Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs)
    • National Health Mission
    • Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY)
    • Emergency & disaster preparedness and responses during health emergencies
    • Any future programme/scheme that targets to achieve progress towards SDGs and the targets set out in the National Health Policy (NHP) 2017.

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