Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley announced the world’s largest government funded healthcare programme titled National Health Protection Scheme to cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (about 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage upto 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization. He also committed Rs 1,200 crore for the National Health Policy, 2017, which with 1.5 lakh Health and Wellness Centres will bring health care system closer to the homes of people.

The Government also decided to allocate additional Rs. 600 crore to provide nutritional support to all TB patients at the rate of Rs. 500 per 10 month for the duration of their treatment. Jaitley said, the government will be setting up 24 new government medical colleges and hospitals by upgrading existing district hospitals in the country.

– bureau


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