Spend More on Healthcare: Centre Asks States to Increase Budget

The Centre has asked the states to increase healthcare spending to a minimum 8 per cent of their respective state budgets, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Thursday, 10 October.

Inaugurating the 13th conference here of the Central Council of Health and Family Welfare (CCHFW), the Minister said it was important for states to increase their budget allocations so as to meet the healthcare spending goal of 2.5 per cent of the GDP by 2025 as set out in the National Health Policy (NHP) 2017.

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Harsh Vardhan said that the purpose of the CCHFW meeting is to build a consensus on the national health priorities such as Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through the Ayushman Bharat scheme, eliminating tuberculosis (TB) and strengthening medical infrastructure, among others.

"“The national health priorities can be achieved by collective increase in healthcare spending by the states and union territories (UTs).”" - Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister

NITI Aayog Member Vinod K. Paul underscored two priority areas for the public health sector.

“First is increasing the health budgets by the Centre, the states and UTs, and second in enhancing the health infrastructure. The NHP 2017 commitment to increasing the health budget cannot be achieved without states’ contributions.” said Vinod K. Paul, NITI Aayog Member.

At the inaugural session, the Health Minister launched a new initiative - 'Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan (SUMAN)' - for zero preventable maternal and newborn deaths, the programme website and its grievance redressal portal.

In addition, two information leaflets were released on suicide prevention to mark World Mental Health Day

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