The Union Budget allocated Rs. 62,659.12 crore outlay for the health sector in the 2019-2020 fiscal including Rs 6,400 crore earmarked for the Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (AB-PMJAY), touted as gamechanger healthcare insurance scheme of the Central Government. The outlaw for the healthcare sector is the highest in the last two financial years.
The allocation for healthcare this fiscal is around 19 per cent more over the 2018-2019 fiscal when it was Rs. 52,800 crore.
The AB-PMJAY, a flagship scheme provides an annual health cover of up to Rs. 5 lakh to people of vulnerable section for secondary and tertiary care.
Rs. 249.96 crore has been allocated for setting up Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres under the National Urban Health Mission to provide comprehensive primary care close to the community, while Rs. 1,349.97 crore has been earmarked for setting up health and wellness centres under the National Rural Health Mission.
Under the programme, nearly 1.5 lakh sub-centres and primary health centres will be transformed as health and wellness centres by 2022. These centre will be equipped to provide treatment for diseases such as blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and old age-related illness.
- National Health Mission (NHM) was raised to Rs. 32,995 crore from the last budgetary allocation of Rs. 30,129.61 crore
- The Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) saw an allocation of Rs. 156 crore
- The budgetary allocation for the AIIMS has been increased to Rs. 3,599.65 crore
- Rs. 64 crore has been earmarked for upgrading and strengthening nursing services
- Rs. 5 crore for upgrading pharmacy schools and colleges
- Rs. 800 crore for upgrading district hospitals and state government medical colleges (post-graduate seats)
- The government allocated Rs. 2,000 crore for converting district hospitals into new medical colleges
- Rs. 1,361 crore for strengthening government medical colleges (undergraduate) and central government health institutions
- Rs. 20 crore for setting up State Institutions of Paramedical Sciences in the states and for setting up colleges of para-medical education.