Government Of India To Put More Money In Healthcare Sector

Delhi, Delhi India (PressExposure) February 16, 2007 -- India plans to raise healthcare sector allocation from a meager 0.9% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) to somewhere around 2-3%, Ashwini Kumar, Minister of State said this on 15 January 2007, as per the reports published on FICCI’s website.

Expressing his views before the participants at ‘Global Healthcare Conference – Promoting Partnerships’ he said that despite the country making significant advancements in various fields, there are some basic healthcare needs of those underprivileged that ought to be addressed.

Government has not shown serious concern towards improving healthcare services in the country in the past. This can be seen by the very fact that just 0.9% GDP was allocated to public health till last year (2006). However now the government is willing to increase it up to 3%. Mr. Kumar agreed that medical insurance would help improve healthcare services and the govt. would look at steps required for the promotion of this.

Mr. Naresh Dayal, Secretary for the Indian Government’s Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, while addressing the members at the conference appraised government’s efforts to launch 6 new institutions on AIIMS’ pattern. According to him such institutions will serve as both premier medical research & education institutions. At the same time, such institutions will provide superior tertiary healthcare, especially to the poorer people.

He outlined the development of PPP (Public Private Partnerships) to be a real challenge at present. PPP would help in improving access and reducing costs of individual treatment for chronic illnesses, said he.

According to the views of a senior research analyst at RNCOS, “In India, 80% of the healthcare expenditure is borne by the patients and that borne by the state is 12%. The expenditure covered by insurance claims is 3%. As a result, the price sensitivity is quite high and the high-level healthcare facilities are not in the reach of patients.”

The analyst along with other team members has worked hard to put together RNCOS’ much awaited report on “Opportunities in Indian Healthcare Sector”. The research report also addresses the issues and the facts that are critical to business success, such as:

- What are the challenges before the Indian Healthcare Industry? - What opportunities exist for the Healthcare Market in India? - How is the market affected by the other factors prevalent in the economy?

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