Terming the scheme as the world’s largest government-funded healthcare programme Jaitley said the government will provide Rs 5 lakh medical cover per year for hospital expenses each to 10 crore poor and vulnerable families.
Ayushman Bharat Yojana is a path breaking initiative to provide quality and affordable healthcare. It will benefit approximately 50 crore Indians. The scale of this scheme is unparalleled and it will bring a paradigm shift in our health sector. #NewIndiaBudget pic.twitter.com/KA4kpDPVN5
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 1, 2018
New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget 2018-19 here on Thursday. Jaitley began by mentioning the previous efforts like affordability and availability of cheaper medicines, reducing the stent prices and free dialysis towards improvements in the healthcare sector.
In his speech, Arun jaitley said that India is “steadily but surely” moving towards achieving a universal health coverage scheme for all citizens. Terming the scheme as the “world’s largest government funded healthcare programme,” Jaitley said the government will provide Rs 5 lakh medical cover per year for hospital expenses each to 10 crore poor and vulnerable families. This will be under the government’s National Health Protection Scheme called Ayushman Bharat programme.
The Centre will also allocate Rs 1,200 crore for the flagship programme in health wellness centres which will focus on preventive healthcare and management of non-communicable diseases, maternal care and child services, and providing free essential drugs and diagnosis.
The Finance Minister also stated that TB remains the top infectious killer in 2016. TB is also the main cause of deaths related to antimicrobial resistance and the leading killer of people with HIV.
A sum of Rs 600 crore has been allocated for the nutritional support of the TB patients, about Rs 500 per patient per month, said the Finance Minister in his Union budget speech 2018-19.
The government has increased the budget for health, education and social security to Rs 1.38 lakh crore for 2018-19 from Rs 1.22 lakh crore in the current fiscal, said Jaitley.
The Centre has created a roadmap to improve the healthcare services in the country which included setting up of one medical college for every three parliamentary constituencies and 24 new government medical colleges and hospitals by upgrading the existing district hospitals.