Weeks after allowing free calls between passengers and drivers through VoIP, Uber has now partnered with Indian government healthcare scheme, Ayushman Bharat to offer its delivery partners as well as drivers free healthcare benefits.
Uber has signed an MoU with the National Health Authority to set up Common Service Centres at Partners Seva Kendras across India. With this announcement, Uber drivers and delivery partners will be eligible for up to Rs 5,00,000 of healthcare benefits per year for free when undergoing secondary and tertiary treatment in government and empanelled private hospitals.
In order to access these benefits, drivers and delivery partners will have to pay Rs 30 to obtain an Ayushman Bharat card. This card will then be able to provide users with access to the services under the healthcare scheme. The scheme highlights that Uber drivers and delivery partners will no longer be required to pay any charges or premium for pre-hospitalisation, hospitalisation and post-hospitalisation expenses.
The statement from Uber also notes that each empanelled hospital is staffed by ‘Pradhan Mantri Ayushman Mitras’ or frontline healthcare workers to assist patients and facilitate their care at the hospital. These hospitals will also run a help desk and check documents to verify eligibility for the scheme.
Speaking about the latest development, Uber India and South Asia President, Pradeep Parameswaran said “Driver partners are at the heart of what we do and during our engagements with them, they have repeatedly mentioned the need for a stronger safety net, especially good healthcare. Our partnership with Ayushman Bharat, the largest government healthcare scheme in the world, caters to such a requirement. It underscores our commitment not just to driver and delivery partners, but also our resolve to facilitate healthcare benefits for their family members”.