New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses after release a book "Moving On...Moving Forward: A Year in Office" published on experiences of M Venkaiah Naidu during his first year as Vice President of India and Chairman of Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi on Sunday, Sept 2, 2018. (PTI Photo/Kamal Singh)(PTI9_2_2018_000049B)

Indian government plans to increase public health spending to 2.5% of GDP by 2025

The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana provides cashless health insurance cover up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year, targeting the poor citizens of India

INDIA is set to increase its public health spending to 2.5 per cent of its GDP by 2025, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, as he stresses that women, children and youth will continue to remain at the heart of every policy, programme and initiative of the Government. Addressing the 2018 Partners’ Forum here, Modi said the “high out-of-pocket expenditure incurred by families to avail medical care in India worried his Government and to address the issue, it launched the Ayushman Bharat Yojana, which has a two-fold strategy”.

The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana aims to provide cashless health insurance cover up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year, covering 500 million poor citizens. “This number is almost equal to the population of Canada, Mexico and the US taken together. We have already provided free treatment worth Rs 700 crore to 5 lakh families under this scheme within 10 weeks of its launch,” Modi said.

The other arm of Ayushman Bharat, Modi said, is the provision of providing comprehensive primary care at a facility near the community, for which the Centre will start 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres by 2022. The community will also be able to receive free screening and care for common diseases including hyper-tension, diabetes and three common cancers etc.

In fact, India’s neighboring country, Sri Lanka, spends four times the per capita expenditure of India on health. The proportion of health spent by Bhutan on public health is 2.9%, while the Maldives sheds as much as 9.4% of GDP on healthcare.

However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that India is also inching closure its target of reducing the mortality rate for women and children. It is on the road to achieving sustainable development goals (SDG) targets for maternal and child health.

Speaking about the high cost spent by families to avail medical facility, The Prime Minister emphasized on ‘Ayushman Bharat Yojana’ which aims to provide comprehensive primary care. It also promotes a healthy lifestyle and yoga through health and wellness centers, according to the report.


Source: Business Insider , The Hitavada

Author: Arindam Saha


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