NHP's focus is on preventive care but how much is being spent?

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Preventive healthcare is a potential solution to tackle India's health issues. According to National Health Monitor estimates, almost 6.7 per cent (Rs. 30,420 crores) is spent on preventive care. Skewed doctor patient ratio and a shift of disease burden from communicable to non-communicable diseases highlight the importance of preventive healthcare in India. The govt in power also claims to focus on preventive healthcare, yet a dismal part is being spent on preventive healthcare. 

Govt health spending has to reach 2.5% of GDP by 2025 but how?

National Health Policy 2017 says govt spending on health must reach 2.5% of GDP by 2025 but currently government spending on health is just 1.4% of GDP. Total govt spending on health by the Centre and states was Rs 2.3 lakh crore. To reach a target of 10.6 lakh crores (which is 2.5% of GDP) govt needs to invest at least 19% per annum. However, this year's central budget on health is nowhere close to these figures. 

 
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