Friday, March 16

Indian Budget and Health Care :: Hospiad

Experts from Presidents Speech:

  • Work towards providing free generic essential drugs/medicine in public health institution to the public.
  • Aiming to hike the expenditure on health to 2.5% of GDP by the end of 12th year plan (2012-17).
  • Difference made by National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has started reflecting in the health indicators.
  • The Infant Mortality Rate has declined from 58 per thousand live births in 2005 to 47 in 2010
  • Maternal Mortality Ratio has declined from 254 per one lakh deliveries in 2004-2006 to 212 in 2007-2009.
  • The Janani Suraksha Yojana registered impressive gains with 1.13 crore women benefitting during 2010-11.
  • The World Health Organisation has decided to take India off the list of countries with active endemic wild poliovirus transmission
  • National Programme for Prevention & Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases & Stroke and The National Programme for Health Care of the Elderly. 
  • There has been 26 per cent increase in MBBS seats and 62 per cent increase in post graduate seats.
  • Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) are being integrated with allopathic health care services. The States are given financial support for providing AYUSH facilities at Primary Health Centres, Community Health Centres and District Hospitals

Industry Expectation:

  • A minimum allocation of 2.5% of GDP. Last year, this stood at 1%. According to a report released by WHO, India stands 171st out of 175 countries in terms of spends on public health.
  • The healthcare sector needs to be provided with the ‘infrastructure’ status so that it can attract more investments.
  • Reducing import duty on medical equipment and requirements which need to be imported. This will help the Industry pass on the benefit to the people, thus reducing the cost of healthcare. This will also help us to be at par with other countries in terms of healthcare and can help boost medical tourism.
  • Doctors who choose to work in rural areas need to be incentivized.
  • Government needs to work closely with hospital chains to promote the public-private partnerships model, thus providing better healthcare to rural India.
  • The tax holiday for new hospitals especially in smaller towns and rural areas should be extended from five to 10 years, thus promoting more healthcare centers in these places.


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