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India’s health budget increased, says Union Health Minister

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Health MinisterIndia’s expenditure on the health sector has increased from 1.2 per cent of the GDP in 2013-14 to 1.4 per cent in 2017-2018, said Union Health Minister JP Nadda.

The funds spent by the government, including states, would also increase when ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme comes into effect.

“The National Health Protection Scheme (now Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission) provides for financial protection of up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year to 10.74 crore families (or 50 crore population) for secondary and tertiary hospitalisation. The cost is borne by the government (Centre and States),” he said.

The minister also informed that the work for the launch is almost completed; even Indian Medical Association has been brought on board.

In the coming years, a comprehensive screening would be carried out for individuals for several diseases including diabetes and cancer.

“Government has increased the total public health expenditure (Centre and States) from Rs 1.49 lakh crore in 2014-15 to Rs 2.25 lakh crore in 2017-18,” he said quoting the Economic Survey 2017-18.

“Further, the National Health Policy 2017 envisages raising government health spending to 2.5 per cent of the GDP by 2025 in a time-bound manner. It also envisages increasing state sector health spending to more than 8 per cent of their budget by 2020,” he said in his reply tabled in the House.

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