How to Apply for an ABHA Card?

How to Apply for an ABHA Card?

Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM), a digital healthcare initiative of the National Health Authority (NHA), manages the issuing of ABHA cards. With an Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) card Indian citizens can access high-quality healthcare and multiple other benefits that have not only helped to digitalise the country’s healthcare system but also are effectively accessible for all.

This article is going to discuss how to apply for an ABHA card, its usefulness, and many other crucial details.

What is an ABHA Card?

Your ABHA card will carry a 14-digit number that will help you get identified in India's digital healthcare ecosystem instantaneously. Healthcare providers across India will accept this trustable and strong identity which ABHA number will establish.

This card will hold vital health information which will make access to your medical data and treatment history a lot easier and quicker. This is extremely beneficial for individuals as it gives one access to a range of high-quality healthcare services including cashless treatment at excellent hospitals when you connect your ABHA number to public health initiatives such as PM-JAY.

How to Apply for an ABHA Card?

Applying for an ABHA number or creating an ABHA card is a simple process if you use the ACKO app. Follow the steps below to do it yourself:

Step 1: Download the ACKO app and login with your phone number. Then tap “Discover” > “Set up ABHA”

Step 2: Enter your Aadhaar number and verify with an OTP.

Step 3: Select a family member and verify their Aadhaar number too.      

Step 4: Click on ‘Get ABHA Card’.

Through the ACKO app you can also invite your friends or family members to start their ABHA account.  

How to Download the ABHA Card?                                                      

Now that you know how to apply for an ABHA card, you can download the ABHA app and log in to your ACKO account. Go to “Set Up ABHA” and use the download option there to store the ABHA card on your phone.

What are the Benefits of an ABHA Card?

Here are the primary benefits of ABHA number you must know:

  • Establishes a unique identity that is compatible across various healthcare providers.
  • Links all healthcare benefits ranging from insurance schemes to public health programmes to your ABHA number.
  • You can avoid long queues for registration in health facilities throughout the country.
  • Effortless sign-up for Personal Health Records (PHR) applications.
  • Seamless access to various healthcare facilities across the country.
  • AYUSH healthcare services are easily accessible.
  • Quick access to the Healthcare Professional Registry (HPR).

Who Needs to Create an ABHA Account?

Creating an ABHA account is a wise decision if you resonate with any of the scenarios below:

1.Preparing for Future Benefits

ABHA is a crucial part of India’s digital health revolution. You will not want to be left out in this forward progression and fail to reap the benefits of what ABHA has to offer. Proactively creating an ABHA account will ensure that you stay ahead of the curve and are well-prepared to gain access to all its useful offerings.

2.The Early Bird Advantage

Similar to PAN or Aadhar cards the authorities might soon mandate ABHA cards. Therefore, if you are seeking ABHA now, you gain the advantage of accessing these facilities early on.

You can consider the convenience of walking into a hospital with your ABHA card and you can give your healthcare professional quick access to your medical history, treatment plans, and health insurance details. You are able to eliminate the hassle of remembering and bringing every physical file to the treatment centre.

3.Integrated Hospital Experience

Do you know if your hospital is integrated with ABHA or not? If yes, through the Personal Health Record (PHR) app you will be able to effortlessly access your hospital documents enabling you to stay updated on your treatments and medical history. It lets your personal healthcare become more informed and organised.

4.Embracing Digital Innovation

Creating an ABHA card is an exciting way of experiencing firsthand the innovative and original digital healthcare solutions. It is especially advantageous as leading hospitals like AIIMS are already embracing ABHA as a compulsory requirement to get healthcare.

Do You Need a Health Insurance Plan Even If You Have an ABHA Card?

ABHA represents a number to which an individual can link all his/her health records from different hospitals and schemes. As it also allows private healthcare providers to link records, it is possible to link one's complete longitudinal medical history. In contrast, comprehensive health insurance plans serve a different purpose of offering coverage throughout the policyholder's lifetime for hospitalizations, including those people who need treatment for severe diseases.

Therefore, the ABHA card links all your medical history and allows you to connect it with government schemes like Ayushman Bharat or any health insurance schemes.

The Bottom Line

Overall, the ABHA Card connects you to high-quality healthcare services and different benefits. It provides a 14-digit unique identification number making it easier to access the user’s medical data. However, it is not a substitute for comprehensive health insurance, which provides lifetime coverage for hospitalizations. You should consider both for complete healthcare coverage.

To know more about different health insurance plans that you can consider to invest, contact ACKO today.