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Budget provides just Rs 2000 cr for healthcare scheme

Budget provides just Rs 2000 cr for healthcare scheme

"These 1.5 lakh centres will bring health care system closer to the homes of people". Drugs are not only in short supply, but also being prescribed randomly.

Asserting that the government has laid emphasis on rail and road sectors, the Minister said the government has increased budgetary and extra budgetary expenditure on infrastructure as against Rs 4.94 lakh crore allocated in 2017-18.

Flagship National Healthcare protection scheme, to cover 10 crore poor and vulnerable families with approximately 50 crore beneficiaries.

Two new initiatives under the Ayushman Bharat Programme in the Union Budget 2018 will be a game changer.

Indian Finance Minister Aru Jaitley said on Thursday that the country would ensure adequate budgetary support to the defence sector, as it's the priority of the government agenda. "My Government has now chose to take health protection to more aspirational level", the Finance Minister said. "This year's defence allocation accounts for 12.1% of the total Central government expenditure", an official statement said. We look forward to receiving the details of the scheme. "Opening of new medical colleges is a welcoming step but the existing facilities and structure should also be strengthen", said Dr Avinash Kumar, specialist Grade I, Deep Chand Bandhu Government Hospital, Delhi. Healthcare protection is at a new aspirational level. Under the first phase of Bharatmala scheme, 35,000 km of highways would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 5.35 lakh crore. Over 3600 kms of track renewal is targeted during 2018-19. "However, as with previous schemes, the key remains successful execution and minimisation of leakages", he said. Nonetheless, it's welcome that with this move healthcare has become a national conversation. We are confident that this budget will spur the domestic consumption and will accelerate economic growth across all sectors.

The real challenge before the government now is to make the very big programme work, especially since a recent CAG report had disclosed the lack of adequate medical facilities & trained human resources and non-utilisation of funds.

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"A lot of emphasis has been given to modernizing and enhancing the operational capability of the defense forces over the last three and a half years", Jaitley said while presenting the country's budget 2018-19 at the parliament. Rs. 1,200 crore to be allocated for this programme - Focus on maternal & child health & non communicable diseases. It would be a welcome step if out-patient diagnostics costs/coverage is covered in this limit.

The RSBY covers 37.2 million families with health insurance of Rs 30,000. This year's budget can be a landmark in terms of agrarian policies and rural initiatives. We feel that utilizing 1.5 lakh healthcare centres across the country will bring the health benefits to nearly all the households. The Government is steadily but surely progre ssing towards the goal of Universal Health Coverage.

With an eye on the next Lok Sabha elections, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his 2018-19 budget on Thursday proposed a major health insurance scheme for the poor, a higher minimum support price and a step up of Rs 1 lakh crore as institutional credit for farmers along with a spend of almost Rs 6 lakh crore on infrastructure development.

He also announced Rs600 crore for nutritional support of tuberculosis patients in India.

And without any change in income tax rates and few incentives for the salaried middle class, they will not be the only ones disappointed with this year's budget.Jaitley added India's $2.5 trillion economy was "firmly on path to achieve 8% plus growth soon".

India has announced an ambitious health insurance scheme, which is created to be a safety net for millions of people who struggle to afford medical care. However, post retirement they are anxious about funding health insurance premiums. Given the low coverage private healthcare providers kept away from the scheme. And also will be able to avail the services. The glorifying tenor should lead to a reasonable presumption that there will be further action on the price control front going forward.