According to the Economic Survey of 2019-20, 1.5 lakh Ayushman Bharat Health & Wellness Centres are proposed to be set up by 2022. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday projected this survey.
A total of 28,005 such centres have already been set up as on January 14, 2020, it added.
“Under Mission Indradhanush, 3.39 crore children and 87.18 lakh pregnant women in 680 districts across the country have been vaccinated,” the Survey noted.
There have been introduction of new vaccines such as Measles-Rubella (MR), Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine, Rotavirus Vaccine and Inactivated Polio Vaccine.
“As per the latest National Health Accounts (NHA) 2016-17, the out of pocket expenditure as a percentage of total health expenditure has declined from 64.2 per cent in 2013-14 to 58.7 per cent in 2016-17,” the Survey said.
“Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY), the world’s largest health insurance scheme, is a major step towards providing affordable healthcare to the identified poor,” the Survey said.
The scheme has been rolled out based totally on the deprivation and occupational criteria of the Socio-Economic Caste Census for rural and urban areas, respectively, it added.
In another step, the survey also claimed that “Under Free Drugs Service initiative, substantial funds have been given to States for provision of free drugs. All States/UTs have notified policy to provide essential drugs free in health facilities.
Additionally, Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Jan Aushadi Pariyojana (PMBJP) and Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Programme (PMNDP) have been some of the new initiatives, addressing the issue of high OoPE on account of drugs and hospital care, the Survey said.
The government has also tended to support the states in order to add nearly 2.51 lakh additional health human resources, the survey claimed.