Nabeela Khan Inayati

Published on Jan 31, 2017 

Health is a state subject in India. Every state is responsible to provide healthcare services to the people. To supplement the efforts of states, the central government provides financial support. This year the ​central ​government has allocated Rs 47,353 crore for the health sector, an increase of 27 per cent.  We take a look at big measures that were part of the union budget.

New rules for medical devices to be introduced to reduce the cost. The government has already brought coronary stents under price control. Finance Minister also emphasised that these rules will be internationally harmonised to attract investments.

1.5 lakh health sub-centres will be transformed into health wellness centres, they are expected to bring quality healthcare especially in remote areas. In addition, steps will be taken to roll-out DNB courses in big District Hospitals and strengthen PG teaching.

Two AIIMS to be set up in Jharkhand and Gujarat to reinforce good health and access to specialist doctors.

Targets enhanced to bring down infant mortality rate to 28 by 2019 and maternal mortality rate to 100 by 2018-20.

App digi Gaon will be launched to promote tele-medicine and education.

Adhar-based smart cards will be issued to senior citizens in order to monitor health and strengthen access to health data records.

Amendments to the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules will be introduced to ensure availability of drugs at reasonable prices and cost of life-saving drugs to be reduced.

Creation of additional 5,000 post- graduate seats every year to ensure availability of specialist doctors in the country and reduce the gap between doctor patient ratios which is one of the lowest in India.

Action plan to eliminate various diseases like kala azar and filariasis by 2017, leprosy by 2018 measles by 2020 and tuberculosis by 2025. Latest statistics reveal that 1.8 million died in 2015 due to TB.

Various studies have revealed poor state of medical research in India and therefore, allocation for Department of Health Research under the Ministry has also been hiked for 2017-18. It has been allotted Rs 1,500 crore from the previous year’s allocation of Rs 1,144.80 crore.