Union Budget 2017 – What is the space for Healthcare in budget?
Want to know what apportion has healthcare received in this Union Budge 2017? Let’s have a quick glance on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s proposals towards healthcare in thus Union Budget 2017.
- Drugs and Cosmetics Act will be amended to get drugs & medicines at reasonable prices and to promote generic medicines.
- As a step towards promoting the generic medicines, government has planned to add more than 3,000 pharmas under Jan Aushadhi Yojana, the scheme that provides generic medicine at affordable prices.
- Policies and rules related to the medical devices industry will be amended to encourage local manufacturing. This will in turn reduce the cost of the devices and enhance the affordability for patients.
- It is expected to attract investments in this sector as well.
- Two new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospitals were proposed to be set up in the states of Gujarat and Jharkhand.
- A proposal has been made to transform 1.5 lakh health sub-centres into health and wellness centres in Indian villages to raise the focus on primary care.
- Structural reforms will be made in medical education and practice to increase the number of doctors in secondary and tertiary care.
- To accomplish this, 5000 post graduate seats for specialist courses will be added.
- DNB (Diplomate National Board) courses will be started in district hospitals and municipality hospitals across the country.
- The Health Protection Scheme, announced in last year’s budget, will provide health insurance cover for Rs 1 lakh to families below the poverty line.
- Senior citizens will be provided with an additional cover of Rs 30,000/-.
The government has also targeted the elimination of:
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) to 100 by 2018-2020
- Infant Mortality Rates (IMR) to 28 by 2019
- Kala Azar and Filariasis by 2017
- Leprosy by 2018
- Measles by 2020
- Tuberculosis by 2025
To conclude, the overall health budget which was Rs. 39,879 crore (1.97% of total Union Budget) in the previous budget has been increased to Rs. 48,878 crore (2.27% of total Union Budget) in the current budget.