India plans major boost to health sector

By: | Updated: 29 Feb 2012 10:03 AM

New Delhi: In a major boost to the healthcare sector, total
government expenditure on health would be increased to 2.5 per cent of the
gross domestic product (GDP) by 2017, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO)
said on Wednesday.

The decision was taken in a meeting held in the PMO on the government's
priorities in health sector, particularly over the next five years.

"The meeting decided that we must work towards increasing the total
government health expenditure to 2.5 per cent of GDP by the end of the
12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) from current 1.4 per cent. The Planning
Commission was requested to allocate adequate resources to achieve the
target," said an official statement.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has emphasised the need for increased outlay
on health sector during Twelfth Plan so that adequate funds are made
available for the sector, the statement further said.

"There is a need to create adequate capacity at the centre and the states
to meaningfully absorb the increased outlay," the statement said, quoting
Manmohan Singh.

The health ministry is working towards the goal of universal health care
for all.

It was decided in the meeting that the ministry would also work towards
strengthening public health through the creation of necessary human
resource capacities at all levels.

The meeting specifically focused on implementation of recommendations of
the National Commission for Macroeconomics & Health (NCMH) and the
High Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Health set up by the Planning

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First Published: 29 Feb 2012 10:03 AM
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