Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed the newly launched National Health Policy as futuristic and focusing on the interests of the people. The Union Cabinet approved the policy in a meeting yesterday which looks to to provide assured health services with free drugs, diagnostics and emergency care services in all public hospitals.
The new National Health Policy also canceled the earlier plans to introduce a health cess to increase public investments in health care.
PM Modi took his excitement of micro-blogging sit Twitter and posted that “National Health Policy marks a historic moment in our endeavour to create a healthy India where everyone has access to quality healthcare.
#NationalHealthPolicy2017 is comprehensive & futuristic, placing the interests of the citizens first & foremost.”
Industry chamber CII also praised the National Health Policy and claimed that it will be a game changer.
CII National Healthcare Council Chairman Naresh Trehan said that the increase in the public health expenditure to 2.5 per cent of the GDP will shift the focus to wellness and prevention from sick care.
Union Health Minister J P Nadda today introduced the National Health Policy today in the parliament. The policy has set an ambitious public expenditure target of 2.5% of GDP from the current levels of 1.5% of GDP. It also entails introducing yoga much more widely in schools and workplaces.
The policy also envisions increasing life expectancy to 70 years from 67.5 years and proposes free diagnostics and drugs at all public hospitals.