“Even a whisper becomes noise when the potential is 500 million people,” says the co-founder of one of the largest Indian healthcare startups. And there are many interested in that potential number. The conference rooms of Niti Aayog and the health ministry in central Delhi are always occupied. Visitors include representatives of international organisations including the World Bank and the World Health Organisation, health tech startups, insurers, hospital associations, IT companies, and of course, consulting companies, who want to design the programme touted as ‘the world’s largest’.
The Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) a.k.a Modicare, with its $1.54 billion budget (allocated for the next two years to impact 500 million people), has sent ripples through the healthcare sector.