The industry body FICCI welcomed the steps announced by the Finance Minister for augmenting public health infrastructure in the country, said a press statement. These are long-awaited reforms for addressing various challenges of the health sector that FICCI had been advocating for over past few years.
While these are commendable steps towards Atma-nirbhar Bharat, it is crucial that they are put into immediate implementation so that their impact can be realized in next 3-5 years. The increase in public spending on healthcare should be increased to at least 2.5% of GDP, which has been assured in the National Health Policy 2017.
The well-thought-out strategy for creating public-private infrastructure of hospitals, public funded labs across the country, emphasis on preparedness for infectious diseases at block level as well as greater importance to research and digital health will indeed form the pillars of growth for the sector. These are crucial for enhancing healthcare delivery across the continuum.