In a step to improve the health care facilities in the country, the Central government approved the National Health Policy for assured health services to all on wednesday.
The National Health Policy has been pending for the last two years. Under this policy, the public health expenditure is expected to rise to 2.5% of GDP from the current 1.2 per cent.
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its nod to the policy to reduce out of pocket expenses on health.
Union Minister JP Nadda is likely to make a suo moto statement in the Parliament today elaborating on the salient features of the Policy.
This policy will be a major shift considering its reach to the Primary Health Centre (PHC) level and comprehensive approach.
The proposed National Health Policy aims to provide assured health services to people as an entitlement. The policy also seeks to reduce maternal and infant mortality rate and address increasing burden of non communicable diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disorders.