"It would make every Indian proud that in a year, over 50 lakh citizens have benefited from free of cost treatment thanks to Ayushman Bharat," he tweeted.
The scheme has overcome several implementation hiccups and managed to enrol 10 crore people already
Modi said efforts are on to make Ayushman Bharat foolproof and bring about improvements in the scheme.
The hospital chain will wait for surgery and treatment rates to be raised before participating in the programme in metro cities.
They spent 9.7 percent of their total income in 2019, which is a rise from 7.8 percent spent in 2017.
Around 26 Lakh people have availed treatment so far in several hospitals across the country under the scheme since its launch in September last year.
Earlier this week, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said there is no proposal to review the prices of packages being offered under Ayushman Bharat
The partnership aims to create a process to facilitate certification of at least 7,000 empanelled hospitals by December 2021 to build a network of quality healthcare providers.
Vardhan shot off a second letter to the Delhi chief minister as the Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme became yet another bone of contention between the Centre and the Delhi government, which has refused to implement it in the city.
Vardhan made it clear that financial resources would be made available to the states with adequate flexibility in the spirit of cooperative federalism.
Centre for Global Development notes that massive data generated by PM-JAY can be used for not only improving implementation but also for policy inputs.
Late Rajiv Gandhi had made a statement about only 15 percent of actual amount reaching the poor. He was right then. There is evidence that it could be significantly less than 15 percent.
Asserting that the government's claims about the success of the scheme are "fake and false", senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said beneficiaries can avail treatment costing only up to Rs 50,000 under this scheme on the premium of Rs 1,100 paid by the government.
At least 15,000 hospitals have so far been empanelled under the scheme out of which, 15 per cent are private hospitals, he said, urging more healthcare establishments to join the movement.
What is worrying is that the allocations for health expenditure remained flat beyond Ayushman Bharat.
Some of their demands such as bringing down the corporate tax to 25 percent and resumption of 200 percent weighted deduction on R& D were overlooked
Goyal said that close to 10 lakh patients have benefited from medical treatment through free treatment made available under the scheme.
Excluding the Ayushman Bharat scheme, increase in health allocation is only 6 percent.
Presenting the Budget for 2019-20 in the Lok Sabha, Goyal also said the government has been providing cheaper drugs through Jan Aushadhi stores.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Gates, saying the scheme stems out of the government's commitment to provide top quality and affordable healthcare to the poor.
A top government official said that the TMC government has written to the Centre to notify about its decision to withdraw from the scheme.
The private sector will build, design, finance, manage, operate and maintain with quality standards. Take market risk and provide services at PMJAY rates.
Jaitley also attributed the successful implementation of Aadhaar to the decisive leadership of PM Modi, saying the Congress-led UPA remained "half-hearted" towards it because of its own contradictions and indecision
He had earlier also praised the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, which aims to provide insurance cover of Rs five lakh per annum to 50 crore poor people by calling it a "great commitment".
“The National Health Authority shall have full autonomy, accountability and the mandate to implement PM-JAY through an efficient, effective and transparent decision-making process,” the government said in statement.