What is the Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA Card) and what are its benefits?

12th September 2022 8min read 1118 views

The Government of India introduced the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission in September 2021. As part of the mission, they aim to provide every Indian with a digital health ID that holds all their medical records and details of healthcare professionals and facilities. The Ayushman Bharat Digital Health Mission aims to ease accessibility to healthcare facilities and provide every Indian with service equity.

What Is ABHA ID and Card?

The government aims to create an Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) ID for every Indian citizen. The ID will be a 14-digit identification number. Individuals can use the number to access their health records. You can access your ABHA ID from across India, allowing you to share your medical files with doctors anywhere in the country.

Once you create your ABHA ID, you will receive an Ayushman Bharat Health Card with your ABHA ID details. You can show the Ayushman Bharat card to doctors, healthcare professionals and insurance officials. The number allows them to access your medical files instantly.

What Are the Ayushman Health Card Benefits?

Once you complete the Ayushman Bharat registration and receive your card, you enjoy:

  • Quick access to your medical records, including test reports, diagnoses and prescriptions.
  • Easy sharing of medical history with new doctors, hospitals and clinics, even if you’re in a new locality.
  • Access to the Healthcare Professional Registry (HPR) with details of all doctors across the country.
  • Access to the Health Facility Registry (HFR) containing details of all government and private healthcare facilities in India.

Who Is Eligible for an ABHA ID?

There are no Ayushman Bharat eligibility criteria. Every Indian citizen is eligible to get an ABHA ID and keep digital records of all their medical files.

How to Register for an ABHA ID?

You can register for an ABHA ID and card directly from the Edelweiss General Insurance website. Visit the ABHA page on the website and enter your AADHAAR or mobile number. Once you receive the OTP, authenticate your account and receive your ABHA ID. You can then complete your Ayushman card download and save it securely with DigiLocker.

What Is the Cost of Getting an ABHA ID?

You do not have to pay anything to generate your ABHA ID number or health card online. The process is free.

What Happens If I Lose My ABHA Card?

If you happen to lose your ABHA card, do not panic. You can re-visit the Edelweiss General Insurance website and get a new ABHA card online. Select the Search ABHA Account option and use your ABHA ID or AADHAAR number to view your details.

Can I Control Who Sees My Personal Information?

The ABHA platform puts security at the forefront. It uses security and encryption technology to secure your details. Additionally, you must personally consent before sharing your information with any professional or healthcare facility. If required, you can revoke consent. If you no longer wish to enjoy the benefits offered by the ABHA ID, you can opt-out and erase all your data.

You do not have to get an ABHA ID or card, but they make it easier for you to get timely medical assistance whenever required. Visit the Edelweiss General Insurance website to learn more about the Ayushman Bharat scheme and generate your ID. It’s time to start your Digital Health journey!

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